Thermal Blankets, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, Outboard Support Structure
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
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components
- Aluminum, mylar
- Assembled: 3ft high x 6ft 6in. wide x 26ft 4in. long