In 2000, the Shuttle Endeavor carried the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) payload into orbit. Shuttle astronauts used the payload to map in high-detail and three-dimensions more than 70% of the Earth's surface--the most complete and accurate rendering of the planet's land masses ever attempted. The Museum possesses two primary components--the mast canister and the outboard support structure with its antennas--crucial to that mission.
This artifact is a thermal blanket used to protect the outboard support structure during the mission.
NASA transferred this artifact to the Museum in 2003.
Transferred from NASA