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Photo Info

Dimensions4341 x 2400
Original file size5 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceProPhoto RGB
Date taken12-Mar-13 10:45
Date modified18-Mar-13 19:45
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal length15 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/40 at f/2.8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-1 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 800
Metering modePattern
Space Shuttle Tires

Space Shuttle Tires

Like most aircraft tires, the Space Shuttle tires are filled with nitrogen because of its stability at different altitudes and temperatures. Due to the extremely heavy loads, these bias ply tires are inflated to 340 psi (main gear) and 300 psi (nose gear). The main landing gear shuttle tires are only used one time, and the nose landing gear tires are used for two landings.

Since weight is of extreme importance, Michelin® designs the tires with a minimum amount of tread to conserve weight, allowing for larger payloads. A few pounds may not seem to make much difference, but when you add up all of the ways to decrease weight throughout the Shuttle it can have a significant impact.

Space Shuttle tires were manufactured exclusively in Norwood, North Carolina.