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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

Dimensions3128 x 4708
Original file size10.3 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken21-Jun-11 08:43
Date modified5-Dec-12 00:55
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D7000
Focal length11 mm
Focal length (35mm)16 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/20 at f/4.5
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias+2 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 800
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
The Charred Tiles of Discovery

The Charred Tiles of Discovery

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 vessel 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.