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Taken 21-Jun-11

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Keywords:Cape Canaveral, Florida, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Silica Ceramics, Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System
Photo Info

Dimensions6982 x 7000
Original file size14.2 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken21-Jun-11 08:44
Date modified19-Sep-12 14:20
Shooting Conditions

Focal length14.12 mm
Focal length (35mm)14 mm
Exposure1/20 at f/4.5
ISO speedISO 800
Space Shuttle Discovery Belly

Space Shuttle Discovery Belly

A view of the charred under-belly of the Space Shuttle Discovery from the rear. The tiles are made of Silica ceramics, each uniquely designed to maintain the aerodynamic shape of the vehicle, while protecting the vessle from extreme heat levels from reentry into Earth's atmosphere. The darker tiles are recent replacements of broken or defectives pieces from previous missions and are very expensive to reproduce.