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Do Your Ears Pop in Space?: And 500 Other Surprising by R. Mike Mullane

By R. Mike Mullane

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The orbiter? is about 122 feet from nose to tail, 78 feet from wing tip and weighs about 173,000 pounds (when empty wing tip to of maneuvering fuel and payload). Three liquid-fueled engines attached to its rear each produce nearly 400,000 pounds of thrust. Its payload bay is 60 feet long and 15 feet in diameter, and it can carry a maximum payload of 60,000 pounds into a low-inclination orbit 150 miles above the earth. A completely reusable thermal protection system composed of about 28,000 tiles and blankets protect the orbiter from the nearly 2,500 de- gree heat of reentry air friction.

In fact, if a shuttle crew lost all contact with Mission Control immediately after lift-off, they could still fly into orbit and return safely to Earth (though they would probably use up ten lifetimes' worth of adrenaline in the process). The first time I climbed into a shuttle cockpit, I wasn't surprised by the number of switches as much as I was by the physical size of the switches. I expected weight would be a critical factor in the design of a spaceship, so thing —switches included —would be I envisioned that every- minimized in size and weight.

Next comes a set of Patagonia long underwear and boot socks. At this point, the astronauts walk from the crew quarters and collection device down a hall to the Suit cians help dress pressure suit them Room. Here, is techni- in the familiar orange and boots. This emergency functions. this First, suit serves it's two designed to protect astronauts in the event of a cabin pressure leak. If such a depressurization ever occurred and a crewmember wasn't wearing pressure suit, the gases in his blood come out a would of solution (his blood would boil) and he would be a pressure suit killed.

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