Duct Tape in Space!

Another slow start to the morning at the Museum of Flight so I found another case to sketch.  This one shows some small equipment taken into space.  Astronauts used them for training aboard the Full Fuselage (shuttle) Trainer (FFT).

I’ve wanted to highlight the fact that we do not even go to Space without duct tape!  Note the roll of duct tape in the lower right corner of the case.

Pocket Watercolor Moleskine, Lamy EF pen with Platinum Carbon Black, Daniel Smith watercolors.

Other items shown in the case are:

FFT Pin Kit:  This is a version of the pin kit carried onboard the Shuttle.  It contains tools used to make electrical repairs during a mission.

Sky Genie:  is a rope system that allowed the astronauts to rappel (slide) down the side of the crew compartment in the event of an emergency landing.

Crew Optical Alignment Sight (COAS):  is a visual alignment aid similar to a gun sight on a military aircraft.  It could be mounted on the flight deck at the Commander’s station or at the aft control station.  Shuttle astronauts used the sight to check the orbiter’s attitude (position) with respect to the Earth or other objects in space.

Metric Socket Set was included as part of the FFT’s tool kit.  Though the fittings on the FFT and the Shuttle used imperial units, experiments and other equipment from other countries often used metric.

It was such beautiful weather that I wanted to spend the afternoon outside.  I went to do a sketch but it was a fail.  First, I don’t think I was really comfortable with the location (Lucille & 2nd in an industrial area of Georgetown).  So I was in a bit of a hurry and didn’t wait long enough for washes to dry. Part of the problem may also be the paper because I usually don’t have much patience but the Moleskine or Pentalic papers seem to perform well anyway.  This paper (the “Quiller” mentioned a couple days ago) feathered like crazy.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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One Response to Duct Tape in Space!

  1. Tina Koyama says:

    What fascinating stuff goes to space — including duct tape! Too bad about the Quiller paper… I wonder how Peggy is liking it.

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