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Thermal Control System Blanket

Mission: STS-93 Columbia   Crew: Eileen M. Collins
Jeffrey S. Ashby
Steven A. Hawley
Catherine G. Coleman
Michel Tognini
Launch: July 23, 1999  
Landing: July 27, 1999  
Duration: 4 days, 22 hours  
Comment: STS-93 deployed the Chandra Advanced X-Ray
Astrophysics Facility (AXAF)

This 7-inch wide by 11-inch long by 1.5-inch thick thermal control system blanket protected orbiter systems inside Columbia's payload bay from the extreme temperatures of space. It was one of the approximate 6,000 that shielded the orbiter with multi-layers of Kapton film and Dacron net.

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