Aviation Photo #1658927 Rockwell Space Shuttle - NASA

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"Atlantis". The orbiter's empennage in the launch position. The umbilical chords that provide ground power etc can be seen connected from the mobile launch platform (MLP) to the orbiter. The aluminium vertical tail consists of a structural fin surface, the rudder/speed brake surface, a tip and a lower trailing edge. The rudder splits into two halves to serve as a speed brake. Note the aft orbital maneuvering system/reaction control system pods. The shuttle launched 4 days later on a mission to the ISS.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
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    September 5, 2006
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Photo Added: February 27, 2010

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8 years ago
Awesome closeup!
8 years ago
I don't know why NASA doesn't convert the space shuttle to a tourism space plane, With a cross section of an aircraft like the MD-80 or the 737 NASA could make a lot of money

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