Faceplate Cover, TES-COS Protein Crystal Growth Experiment Apparatus


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This faceplate covered the control panel of the Thermal Enclosure System-Crystal Observation System (TES-COS), protein crystal growth equipment, on the Space Shuttle. Its smooth surface protected the dials and switches on the control panel from unintended handling when not in use.

The technical team who developed this equipment gave it to the Museum in 2012 when they began using new, more advanced equipment.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Center for Biological Sciences and Engineering


  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Coating
  • Synthetic


3-D: 29.2 × 47 × 26cm (11 1/2 in. × 1 ft. 6 1/2 in. × 10 1/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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