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[i]Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne assembled the replica nozzles from pieces of test articles. To cover and help seal repairs, the nozzles were covered with a coat of flat, black paint. As a result, they arrived looking "too good," like new, Stilson said.
That would have looked odd, especially on Discovery, the fleet leader with 39 flights. An expert in space artifact restorations was hired to scuff and detail the nozzles so they looked "flown," and more like the real test engines they were.
"Now they look as if they have been flying for multiple missions," said Stilson.[/i]
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