Wednesday, June 04, 2008

From Atlantis's left wing

Atlantis's payload bay doors were closed and I figured it was the perfect time to take a photo of my standing on the left wing. Sometimes we'll have to "walk on the wing" to access certain tiles or parts from the upper surface. We're not allowed to wear shoes, so I have fabric "booties" on to protect the flight hardware.


[fishlamp] said...

I've said it once, and I'll tell you a million more times: you have the coolest opportunities! Fabric "booties" and all.

Mario said...

Why don't you hide yourself in the luggage zone of the space shuttle? :P

Marcel-Jan said...

Oh I'd love to do that some time. Would NASA arrange such things for me? Let's say for following the space shuttle program for 27 years now? Please?

Space History said...

My name is Paul Schultz. I am a High School history teacher in San Diego. I am also a collector of NASA Space Shuttle Artifacts.

Congrats first of all on your sucessful application to become an Astronaut. I can only dream at 49 of being an astonaut.

I wanted to write to you because I have a mystery on my hands and I was hoping that you might solve it. I recently acquire what I believe to be a scraped Space Shuttle payload bay door silver teflon thermal blanket.
From the look of it I am pretty sure it had flown. The problem is I only have one information sheet. And I have no idea what it is saying nor do I know what shuttle it came from.

I have a few questions I was hoping you could help with if you wouldn't mind.

I have photos of the Transfer info Sheet and photos of the blanket.

My e-mail is

I really hope you can help. Let me know what you think.

Keep blogging. There many of us History Teachers and Artifact collectors who love to see your interest in Space!

Paul Schultz

eth0 said...

That is so cool!
Here (in belgium) we got something called eurospace center. I always love to visit that (altough they don't change there exhibit that often... every few years). They have a up to scale module of the space shuttle... we thhe forward section and half the payload bay. Never been inside it though :(

Oh how strong/fragile are the tiles anyway? People same to people at school seem to worry that they are like a porcelain cup. But from the once's I've seen there rather though.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is awesome. Good luck on the microgravity flight and I hope on at least a couple of the descents you can "Superman" across the plane.

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo Damaris!! Congratulations :)
A big salute from all members of