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From: Mike Brumleve, of Lebanon, Ohio,
To: Sally Davis, flight director

Question: Many structures on the ISS and in the shuttle payload bays have white fabric coverings. What are they made of, and what do they do?

Answer: Mike,

The fabric coverings in the shuttle payload bay are part of the thermal protection system. They are made of silicon-impregnated glass fiber batting covered with Kapton.

- Mel Friant
Orbit 2 MMACS (Mechanical, Maintenance, Arm and Crew Systems)

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 11/29/2002
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