Saturday, April 21, 2012

Space Shuttle internal eye-candy (and some more from Udvar-Hazy)

National Geographic has posted an unique look at Space Shuttle Discovery as it was being decommissioned: Space Shuttle in Extreme Detail: Exclusive New Pictures - Explore Discovery's flight deck with a new 360 panorama.  That panorama is a 2.74 gigapixel, zoomable image and there are four pre-set zooms with descriptions.  I never new there was a Russian provided panel on the Shuttles flight deck (mostly Russian, it had to be reworked).  You can also see the "Bob" switch (if you, like me, didn't remember what that was, you need to read the article).  Finally, there are three other 360-degree panaoramas of other parts of the Discovery, both inside and out: the mid-deck, a toilet and underneath its belly. NatGeo promises to release more panoramas in the coming weeks. (hat tip to Sascha)

The images are too large to deal with, so here are a few more shots from Discovery's arrival celebration at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

(See also my first set and the video.)