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August 29, 2005 12:04 AM

Broken: Duct tape on shuttle heater

NasaducttapeAdam Gostenik asks, "Is it just me, or does something seem wrong with this photo? I didn't realize that NASA used duct tape to fix stuff."

The MSNBC photo (photo 15 here) has the caption:

Workers take a look at the newly installed liquid hydrogen bellows heater on Discovery's external tank.



Well, remember the foam incident?

Posted by: Tricky at August 29, 2005 12:29 AM

im not sure what that is a photo of, but no flight hardware is treated like that - especially not ET foam. you can see from the photos before and after that on the MSNBC site that the personel working with the mated shuttle have propper work attire and badging. not only that, but whatever lab that guy is in is not the MLP or the VAB. looks like a KSC ET lab photo that has been mislabeled as a stacked/mated sts-114 photo...

Posted by: SRB Guy at August 29, 2005 12:51 AM

Better than spit and baling wire.

Posted by: Bob at August 29, 2005 04:51 AM

Or bubble gum for that matter.

Posted by: Fayth at August 29, 2005 07:12 AM

Now we know what they had to remove from the tiles in orbit... more duct tape.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at August 29, 2005 08:51 AM

Most people don't realize that the first space shuttle was actually made from a 1974 Dodge Dart (Swinger). I know because I took it over some sweet jumps.

Posted by: friendlydrbobo at August 29, 2005 09:21 AM

I really don't know why this pic suggest or better yet proves this is the Shuttle. I think the person providing and accusing NASA of this needs a better case.

Posted by: Scott at August 29, 2005 09:33 AM

NASA used an adapter made from a plastic bag, cardboard, a sock, and duct tape to connect incompatible filters during Apollo 13.

Posted by: Stewart Peterson at August 29, 2005 10:43 AM

Well, first of all, if it has duct tape on it, by definition it's not broken, because duct tape fixes everything. (And what duct tape doesn't fix, WD-40 will.)

But seriously, if you look at the rest of the slide show, this pic really does look out of place among all the other carefully-posed, artsy-hi-tech publicity-type shots. And the expression of the guy holding the light doesn't really inspire confidence either! I do wonder if it was slipped in accidentally on purpose, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: E.T. at August 29, 2005 10:57 AM

but the real question w/ Apollo 13 is why the filters werent designed to be compatible in the first place! BROKEN. even if theyre not from the same company, NASA, of all organizations, should have been able to request/demand compatible filters

Posted by: Unit 453 at August 29, 2005 11:02 AM

168,000 mile-per-hour tape? Heh!

Is there nothing duct tape can't do?

Seriously, forget your American Express card--you're nuts if you go into space without your duct tape...Don't leave home without it!

Posted by: Erich at August 29, 2005 11:39 AM

Actually if you look at pic 15 and then pic 16 the foam appears to be the same color and they appear to be in the same location. I beileve the duct tape is holding on the white cardboard temporarily and will be removed prior to launch, but since I'm not a rocket scientist, I really have no idea.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at August 29, 2005 11:45 AM

My thought exactly Joshua.

What does everyone expect them to use, Gold-plated carriage bolts?

Posted by: MinkOWar at August 29, 2005 01:00 PM

1. That looks nothing like NASA, the shuttle, or anything more than a broken window for that matter.

2. It may be there covering something up that people aren't supposed to see. There is plenty of junk that is marked as classified and therefore some of the people that work around the shuttle aren't allowed to see it.

3. It could be holding something there temporarally. I.E. someone took something out to do something to it and they put that there in the meantime to make sure that crap doesn't get into where they took the origional thing out.

Posted by: asdfsadf at August 29, 2005 05:56 PM

asdfsadf - actually the orange/yellow color is the color of the ET, and its walls are ribbed as the photo shows. i have no problem believing that this is a picture of at least a section of the external tank, but this is not a shot from inside the verticle assembly building or on the mobile launch platform. its more likely that the MSNBC reporter got a tour of one of the labs where the engineering units (non-flight) are kept, but even so - im not sure what they would be doing with all this duct tape like that. once a the shuttle is stacked and mated, you arent allowed to touch it... especially not the ET foam.

Posted by: SRB Guy at August 29, 2005 11:30 PM

No, Mr. O'War, we want solid gold carriage bolts.

Posted by: Bob at August 30, 2005 04:57 AM

Nothing with duct tape can be broken. Ask an engineer, you can fix ANYTHING with duct tape. My car bumper is taped on and it passed inspection last week.

Posted by: elite marksman at August 30, 2005 08:12 PM

This reminds me of a story I heard about Submarine ducttabe that is as strong as HY80 steel (steel that can take 80,000 pounds of pressure per square inch at a certain thickness), and was used for underwater hull repairs. Anyway, there were reports of green taped "mummies" wandering around amongst missile tubes, etc. I suppose they're better than gremlins. . .

Posted by: Sido at September 3, 2005 12:57 AM

That's Duct tape, not ducttabe. :)

Posted by: Sido at September 3, 2005 12:57 AM

rofl your car actually passed with the bumper taped on?! That's fantastic!!

Posted by: Joyce at September 4, 2005 05:50 AM

That's pretty cool. I remember when we got rearended and the bumper was kind of hanging off and the cops would glare at us all the time because we couldn't pass inspection. Then we moved to Florida, where they don't have inspection.

Posted by: Bob at September 4, 2005 07:44 AM

yeah, thats just covering up classified stuff. Pics been around a while..

Posted by: pi at January 18, 2006 04:17 PM

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