Aviation Photo #1092094 Rockwell Space Shuttle - NASA

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Those are not tumors but the aft orbital maneuvering system/reaction control pods on Discovery. In orbit, the Orbiter is controlled through controlled burns of the OMS/RCS. Upon re-entry, RCS pod burns control the Orbiter’s attitude and angle of desent.Below 45,000ft the RCS pods deactivate and the Orbiter becomes a glider.
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Photo Added: August 09, 2006

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11 years ago
Those pods sure do look a little off center.

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