Orbiter flight deck
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Orbiter flight deck
: main section
of a space shuttle.
Altitude control indicator
: system that indicates to the astronaut
the altitude of the orbiter.
Altitude and vertical speed indicator
: system that indicate to
the astronaut the altitude and speed of the orbiter.
: part of the cockpit that lets the astronaut see
: mechanism for ventilating the cockpit.
: stick used to steer the orbiter.
Electricity distribution console
: lighted panel indicating the
state of the electric system to astronaut.
Fuel piles console
: lighted panel indicating the operation of
the fuel batteries.
: mission specialists seats.
: the shuttle commander's seat.
Keyboard for on-board computer
: system used to access and control
the on-board computer.
Command console for the repair auxiliary propellants and exterior
: panel used to control the repair of the auxiliary thrusters
and the external tank.
Cabin atmosphere control system
: system used to regulate the
: pilot's seat.
Monitors for on-board computer
: system used to control the on-board
How's this for a truly awesome photo?
Shown in the foreground is Space Shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad A. The
shuttle in the background is Endeavour, on Launch Pad B. Currently,
both shuttles are locked and loaded for launch, should something go
wrong up in space with the October 11 2008 Atlantis mission. As Tom
explains over at his Astronomy Blog, having two shuttles on the pad
at the same time is rare, but it is not a cause for concern. When the
ISS is not available for rescue purposes, as it might not be for this
mission, a second shuttle is made ready for a quick launch. What is
sobering, however, is this image is potentially the last of its kind.
The space shuttle program is scheduled for retirement in 2010, leaving
little chance for similar shuttle family photos in the future.