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NavySpaceFan
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posted 10-26-2007 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the Navy, the first crew members of a ship are know as "Plankowners" (I'm one for the assault ship USS KEARSARGE, LHD-3). As such, they are eligible for pieces of the ship after it is decommissioned. With the shuttles going in that direction, will the crews of STS-41D, 51-J and 49 receive pieces of their respective spacecraft (TPS tiles if nothing else I would think)?

Jay Chladek
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posted 10-26-2007 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It has probably already been done. A few tiles tend to get replaced after each spaceflight and some of those have been recycled into pieces of memorabilia for VIPs and other dignitaries.

As such, I think pieces from each shuttle may have indeed already gone to the respective astronauts who flew on them. Columbia had a lot of hardware removed in its refit before STS-9 for instance. OMDPs are also prime candidates for removal of hardware as well and each current shuttle has gone through about three or four OMDPs at least.

There is a slim possibility I might get a chance to conduct an interview with General Kevin Chilton for a research project I am working on and he was the pilot of Endeavour's first mission. As such, I will ask him if I get the chance whether he was given a piece of that shuttle after that flight or when he retired from NASA.

NavySpaceFan
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posted 10-27-2007 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That'd be great, Jay! If you get to do the interview, please pass my respects and congratulations on his new posting.

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