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Das Life-Mag hat eine sehr schöne Bilderstrecke mit Test-Modellen des Space Shuttles. Bild oben: „testing of a space shuttle orbiter model in a trisonic wind tunnel, which is capable of running subsonic, transonic, and supersonic tests and is used to test the integrity of rockets and launch vehicles in launch and reentry environments“.
As awesome as the space shuttle orbiter that actually goes into orbit truly is, the models of the vessel that NASA has devised over the years are, occasionally, equally jaw-dropping. Here, a celebration of some of those models, and the ingenious fabricators who envisioned and built them.