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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-09-2010 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the collectSPACE Today in Space History blog:
The storm and the space shuttle

The last of the space shuttle external tanks to leave the Michoud Assembly Facility this fall will have a special insignia added to its access door in recognition of its unique history. The tank, ET-122, was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina when the storm came ashore near the New Orleans-based NASA facility. During ET-122's subsequent restoration, Lockheed Martin developed a motivational logo for its workforce who were completing the repairs, showing the shuttle led by its external tank flying through the eye of the storm. As a nod to their effort, NASA requested the logo be painted on the intertank access door before ET-122 departs Michoud this September for the Kennedy Space Center where it will be readied to fly should the final shuttle mission need rescue.

Credit: Lockheed Martin.
Excerpt from the NASA change order...

PURPOSE
To commemorate the unique history of ET-122, NASA has requested that the special ET-122 insignia be applied to the Intertank Access Door.

BACKGROUND
ET-122 was heavily damaged at MAF during Hurricane Katrina while its Return to Flight (RTF) modifications were underway in the MAF VAB. After an extensive assessment of its condition, NASA provided direction to repair the ET and incorporate selected modifications to return the vehicle to flight condition.

During the repair process, Lockheed Martin graphics department created a unique ET-122 insignia to be used for motivational purposes associated to the vehicle's restoration. NASA has requested Lockheed Martin apply this insignia to the ET-122 Intertank Access Door by an appropriate method to commemorate the unique history of ET-122.

ET-122 will serve as the launch-on-need tank for the final space shuttle mission, STS-134, which is flying on ET-138.

garymilgrom
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posted 06-09-2010 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great design and nice recognition of the efforts made at Michoud on this tank. In the bottom right corner is what appears to be the Japanese Space Agency's (JAXA) symbol. Does this signify anything?

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posted 06-09-2010 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bthumble   Click Here to Email bthumble     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the star in the corner is the Lockheed Martin logo.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-09-2010 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, the star in the insignia represents Lockheed.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 06-09-2010 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doesn't flying the shuttle through the eye of the storm violate several launch criteria?

Unless, of course, there's a national security reason. But I bet John Young could do it, at least in the sim.

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posted 06-09-2010 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Or if you need to rescue three marooned astronauts.

Mike Isbell
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posted 06-09-2010 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I recall, at the time of the launch of the XRV lifting body, it was already known that the remaining oxygen aboard the Apollo spacecraft would allow for the rescue of no more than two of the marooned astronauts.

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posted 06-10-2010 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not too much into insignias, but this one is way cool!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-28-2010 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ET-122 will serve as the launch-on-need tank for the final space shuttle mission, STS-134, which is flying on ET-138.
As noted in this gallery, to protect for a possible additional mission, ET-122 has been reassigned to fly STS-134 (leaving ET-138 to fly the potential STS-135).

Also, as pictured in the gallery, the ET-122 insignia is now in place on the intertank access door.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-08-2011 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seen here, the ET-122 logo is emblazoned on Endeavour's STS-134 external tank intertank door.

Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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posted 04-08-2011 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would make a great patch.

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posted 04-08-2011 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shame something that artistic is just going to burn up in the atmo...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-04-2011 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ET-122 logo seen as the tank separated from Endeavour.

Credit: NASA

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