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Space Shuttle Discovery Underside by National Geographic

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Taken by
National Geographic National Geographic
Explore score
2.21 Gigapixels
Date added
Apr 08, 2012
Date taken
Jan 26, 2012
astrophotography, photojournalism

The underside of a space shuttle is covered with about 24,300 unique silica tiles that have to be individually fitted onto the vehicle. Though extremely fragile, they sufficiently protected the aluminum frame of the spacecraft from the searing heat of reentry. The landing gear remained tucked behind the protective heat shield until just before landing when a triple-redundant system guaranteed their deployment.

Photographer: Jon Brack
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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitch.Efx version 2.0.0500 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 2210 megapixels (87504 x 25256 pixels)
Input images: 384 (32 columns by 12 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 103.9 degrees high (top=74.7, bottom=-29.2)
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0771 c2=0.00484
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot S100
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2012-01-26 10:58:30 - 2012-01-26 11:43:29
Aperture: f/5.9
Exposure time: 0.8
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 120.9 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 28.4 to 93.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 31.2 to 33.7 percent
Computer stats: 8192 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 27:19 (4.3 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 5:13, Projection: 4:02, Blending: 18:05
(Preview finished in 13:25)
Color Adjustments:
black: 2.7
white: 95.3
gamma: 0.84
exposure: 0.3
temperature: -2
tint: -8

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