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25 Years of Space Shuttle History in Pictures
04.10.06
 
Historical Images of NASA Ames Research Center's Contributions to 25 Years of the Space Shuttle Program.

contributors to lifting body Principal contributors to the lifting body concept review the final M-2 configuration and review it's detail during a conference. Georg Kenyon (left) who carried out the testing of the spacecraft at subsonic speeds to develop its landing capability and who determined that boattailing the upper surface would satisfy the mission requirements, describes a scale model of the spacecraft on a model of the upper stage of a possible booster. Viewing the model are (left to right) George Edwards, whos upervised the low speed testing; Dr. Alfred J. Eggers, Jr. who conceived of the original idea of lifting bodies and headed the team which developed this configuration; and Clarence Syvertson, who coordinated the hypersonic or high speed testing.
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M2-F2 lifting body vehicle M2-F2 lifting boday flight vehicle in the 40-foot by 80-foot wind tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Ca.
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Space Shuttle Vehicle (SSV) Cold Jet Testing November 8, 1972 - Space Shuttle Vehicle (SSV) Cold Jet Testing in the 9-foot by 7-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Ca.
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North American Rockwell (NAR) Space Shuttle Vehicle March 9, 1973 - North American Rockwell (NAR) Space Shuttle Vehicle SSV-IA8 testing in the 14-foot Transonic Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Ca.
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9-foot by 7-foot wind tunnel test MSC Space Shuttle Model stability and control characteristics test in 9-foot by 7-foot Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Ca.
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SSV cockpit December 1, 1970 - Space Shuttle Vehicle (SSV) simulation cockpit in the moving-cab transport simulator (S. 16) showing visual scene and panel with all instruments lighted and chair removed. Photographer: Jim Remington
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Re-entry artwork NASA artwork of space shuttle orbiter during re-entry showing Reusable Surface Insulation Tiles.
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Shuttle heat pattern Heating pattern of the space shuttle as measured by infrared instruments aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory.
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shuttle main engines June 4, 1982 - Cutaway Rockwell International space shuttle main engines: Powerhead ( Left side - fuel preburner, fuel trubopump - Center - Main Combustion Chamber, nozzle forward manifold - Right side - oxidizer preburner, oxidizer turbopump, preburner boost pump).
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grafite test September 8, 1982 - Ablation P1 grafite test, aerodynamic heating facility N-234 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Ca.
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spacelab August 14, 1991 - Space shuttle mission STS-40 Spacelab-1 general purpose workstation rack deintegration.
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spacelab September 22, 1992 - STS-47 Spacelab-J - Ken Souza and team during post flight work at KSC.
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Image Credit: NASA