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 A suited subject is suspended above a test area to demonstrate various techniques for applying a room-temperature vulcanized (RTV) material to the Space Shuttle's exterior.
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 An astronaut in a spacewalking suit works underwater at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab, which is located near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is translating down an air beam to simulate moving along the exterior of the Space Shuttle.
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 Aboard NASA's KC-135 aircraft, a test subject floats in momentary microgravity to demonstrate a method for applying a silicon adhesive to a Space Shuttle thermal tile. The subject wears a pair of spacewalking gloves to test the difficulty of performing the procedure in the bulky gear.
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 An astronaut in a spacewalking suit works underwater at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab, which is located near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is performing a thermal tile repair test on an air beam at the bottom of the pool.
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 Aboard NASA's KC-135 aircraft, a test subject floats in momentary microgravity to demonstrate a procedure for spreading a silicon adhesive on a Space Shuttle thermal tile. The microgravity environment adds a level of difficulty to the procedure, because every time the subject pushes on the adhesive material with a spreading trowel, she moves away from the tile.
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 Technicians at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, demonstrate the use of a variety of tools for spreading and smoothing room-temperature vulcanized (RTV) material.
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 A test subject at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, demonstrates a method for on-orbit repair of a Space Shuttle thermal tile. The Strela Boom Precision Air-Bearing Floor provides a means of simulating microgravity conditions that could hamper tile repair in space.
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 01/16/2004
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