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RTF Shuttle Mission Imagery

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JSC2003-E-52313 (8 August 2003) --- Onboard a KC-135 aircraft, astronaut Robert L. Curbeam uses a “step gage” to insure that the tile repair does not protrude more than .025 inches past the orbiter outer mold line (OML) on a damaged section of thermal tiles. The aircraft flew a series of special parabolas to afford a number of zero-g “windows” for rehearsing extravehicular activity (EVA) tasks for repairing damaged Shuttle tiles. Astronaut Rex J. Walheim looks on.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 02/02/2004
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