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From: County Down, Nothern Ireland
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 01-31-2007 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really stupid question but is an orbiter ever washed. I know that the windows etc are cleaned and polished after every flight but are the tiles ever cleaned. i am imagine that due to their delicate nature this is not possible but i thought i would ask anyway.


PS this is the picture that got me thinking


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From: uk
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 01-31-2007 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't know Gareth but thanks for the Tip as i am currently looking for Employment

Best Wishes


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From: West Jordan, Utah USA
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posted 01-31-2007 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Isn't that heat discoloration?


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From: Daytona Beach, FL
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posted 01-31-2007 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, they don't wash the orbiters :-) ...other than when it rains and it's exposed on the pad.

It's just char from the heat of reentry, and other wear and tear such as launch. It makes it somewhat easy to tell sometimes whether a tile/blanket is newly replaced.

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