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Photo Info

Dimensions5578 x 3719
Original file size24.8 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceProPhoto RGB
Date taken12-Mar-13 11:07
Date modified18-Mar-13 20:12
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal length15 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/3 at f/22
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 6400
Metering modePattern
Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System

Space Shuttle Thermal Protection System

The Space Shuttle thermal protection system (TPS) is the barrier that protected the Space Shuttle Orbiter during the searing 3,000 °F heat of atmospheric reentry. A secondary goal was to protect from the heat and cold of space while on orbit.

The TPS covers essentially the entire orbiter surface, and consists of seven different materials in varying locations based on amount of required heat protection