Mating of fuselage and crew compartment, OV-105

Mating of fuselage and crew compartment, OV-105

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This image is part of the feature Shuttle: End Of The Dream

Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Workers prepare to mate the upper forward fuselage and crew compartment of Shuttle Endeavour at Rockwell International's Palmdale plant. Endeavour (OV-105) is the fifth Space Shuttle to be built, replacing Shuttle Challenger. The two main improvements over the existing Shuttle fleet are the inclusion of a tail parachute to reduce landing distances (to be retrofitted to other orbiters) and the capacity to be modified for extended duration flights. These will initially be up to 16 days, further modification will allow 28- day missions. Endeavour will perform its first mission, STS-49, in the summer of 1992. OV-105 is named after Captain Cook's ship, HMS Endeavour.

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Keywords: crew compartment, endeavour, forward fuselage, fuselage construction, manned spaceflight, palmdale, programme, shuttle, shuttle assembly, shuttle construction, shuttle program, space, space shuttle, space shuttle endeavour

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