Detail View: NASA Image eXchange Collection: LDEF (Postflight), AO175 : Evaluation of Long-Duration Exposure to the Natural Space Environment on

Title: 
LDEF (Postflight), AO175 : Evaluation of Long-Duration Exposure to the Natural Space Environment on
Description: 
LDEF (Postflight), AO175 : Evaluation of Long-Duration Exposure to the Natural Space Environment on Graphite-Polyimide and Graphite-Epoxy Mechanical Properties, Tray A01 The Graphite-Polyimide and Graphite-Epoxy Mechanical Properties experiment postflight photograph was taken in the Orbiter Processing Facility during the period when the LDEF was being transferred from the Orbiter cargo bay to the KSC Payload Transporter. The photograph shows considerably more detail than the flight photograph. The horizontal lines on the honeycomb panel that appear to be cracks from space exposure are instead fine lines of excess epoxy resin formed during the bagging and curing process. The harsh white color of the epoxy adhesive along the rivet lines is from the lighting conditions in the OPF. The brown discoloration on the paint dots and the stain on the aluminum mounting strips appear to have changed little from the flight photograph. The greater detail does show that a stain exists at most composite and mounting strip interfaces.
Date: 
01.30.1990
Credit: 
NASA Langley Research Center (NASA-LaRC) [ http://lisar.larc.nasa.gov/ ]
facet_where: 
Langley Research Center (LaRC)
facet_when: 
01-30-1990
facet_when_year: 
1990
Media: 
IMAGE
ID: 
EL-1994-00119
Other ID: 
L92-17828 KSC-390C-609.02
UID: 
SPD-NIX-EL-1994-00119
original url: 
http://nix.ksc.nasa.gov/info?id=EL-1994-00119&orgid=1