Tiles were bonded in “arrays”– multiple bonds performed at the same time– to cover the aluminum structure and protect it from the heat of re-entry.
This is what it looked like with shiny new tiles covering most of the lower surface:
didn’t look this nice after the first flight. The yellow numbers you see on each tile are part and serial numbers for tracking and mapping purposes.
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