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Snapshots

  1. Wall Tape

    Snapshot Title: Wall Tape
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Airlock
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    When the airlock hatches were open on the ground, protective tape was placed over sensitive areas that could be damaged by people and cargo moving in and out. The tape is removed before flight and onl...



  2. Upside Down Text

    Snapshot Title: Upside Down Text
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Airlock
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    Numbers and text in the airlock needed to be readable from multiple directions for astronauts floating between the International Space Station (ISS) and the shuttle and those entering from the cargo b...



  3. Payload Bay Hatch

    Snapshot Title: Payload Bay Hatch
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Airlock
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    This hatch leads out to the space shuttle's payload bay, where cargo activities and spacewalks occurred. Spacewalkers would be prepared in the airlock and depressurized before the door was opened allo...



  4. Space Station Access

    Snapshot Title: Space Station Access
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Airlock
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    When open, this hatch provided access between the space shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). After hatch opening the two crews would greet each other through these doors in a welcome cer...



  5. Space Suit Hangers

    Snapshot Title: Space Suit Hangers
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Airlock
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    These notches on the airlock wall are where connectors used to be for transportation and storage of space suits for extra-vehicular activities (EVA) also known as spacewalks.