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  1. "Sally Ride Curtain"

    Snapshot Title: "Sally Ride Curtain"
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Mid-Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    The privacy curtain inside the door to the toilet was a special request by astronaut Sally Ride on space shuttle mission STS-7 when she became the first American woman in space. It has carried her nam...



  2. Abort Knob

    Snapshot Title: Abort Knob
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    The abort knob sits on the commander's side of the spacecraft and sets the shuttle to one of three abort modes. The different settings are Return to Launch Site (RTLS), Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL...



  3. Separation Switches

    Snapshot Title: Separation Switches
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    These are the separation switches to detach the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) and External Tank (ET) from the space shuttle during launch. The SRBs provided about 83 percent of thrust for the shuttle d...



  4. Russian Panel

    Snapshot Title: Russian Panel
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    Different space agencies have contributed components to the space shuttle throughout the program's history from the Canadarm to the European Space Agency's Spacelab. This particular panel's unusual lo...



  5. Explosive Bolts

    Snapshot Title: Explosive Bolts
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    Window Number 7 is one of the two main overhead windows in the flight deck of the space shuttle. This exposed section shows work being done to remove pyrotechnic bolts from around the windows. The bol...



  6. The "Bob" Switch

    Snapshot Title: The "Bob" Switch
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    This unusual-looking switch controls the nose wheel steering and has a piece of plastic tubing attached to simply make it easier to trigger. During the maiden voyage of Atlantis in October 1985, comma...



  7. Galley

    Snapshot Title: Galley
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Mid-Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    The galley of the space shuttle comprises an oven and hot and cold water dispensers. The heating elements in the oven warm food and assist in rehydrating certain packaged foods.



  8. Airlock Hatch

    Snapshot Title: Airlock Hatch
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Mid-Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    This hatch leads to the airlock, providing access to the cargo bay and the International Space Station (ISS).



  9. Crew Colors

    Snapshot Title: Crew Colors
    Taken by: National Geographic

    Image: Space Shuttle Discovery Mid-Deck
    Image Owner: National Geographic



    Description:

    These colors mark where the toilet attachments for the various crew members hung and are marked by the colors that follow that crew position everywhere in the shuttle. Red for the commander, yellow fo...



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