Jan. 22, 2007- Astronaut moment

Looking out one of the two observation windows into the payload bay– easy to imagine what it must be like in orbit. The Orbiter Docking System (ODS) is visible just aft of the window– it is the piece that mates to the Space Station and acts as a tunnel between the two vehicles.

The cover across the aft bulkhead is a debris cover used to measure the cleanliness of the payload bay once it goes vertical. We do a final cleaning before the doors close in the OPF, then it goes to the VAB & pad where they open the doors and insert the payload. That is where this cover is inspected and removed. Another cleaning is done before they close the doors for flight out there.


About John Sep

Former Space Shuttle aerospace technician and private pilot now looking towards the next great adventure. Soon to be heading home from my overseas assignment! Transfered my blog from MySpace to here so check my older stuff for info and pictures from my days in space shuttle processing- lots of behind the scenes stuff! He drew pics, flew planes, fought fires and helped launch people into space - what will he do next?
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