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Picture of the Day - Desert Layover

Published by Matt on Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:33 pm via: source
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Space shuttle Discovery is parked within the Mate-Demate Device gantry at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Cener prior to beginning turnaround processing for its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Discoloration on Discovery’s reinforced carbon-carbon nose cap gives evidence of the extreme heating it encountered during re-entry into the Earth’ atmosphere prior to landing on Sept. 11, 2009, at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Desert Layover. Credit: NASA/Tony Landis

Desert Layover. Credit: NASA/Tony Landis

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