Casual Friday: GigaPan image of Space Shuttle cockpit.

Yesterday, the last flight and the end of the Space Shuttle Era took place. Here is a GigaPan image of it’s cockpit.

“NASA officials handed space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian Institution during a ceremony this morning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center outside Washington, D.C. Discovery will take a prominent post in the museum that houses some of humanity’s most accomplished air and spacecraft. Discovery was carried to Washington atop a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on Tuesday from its operational base at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To make room for Discovery, the shuttle prototype Enterprise was backed out of the museum. It will be taken to New York where it will be put on display in the future.”


Anyway, please have a look to the great GigaPan image of it’s cockpit on, taken by National Geographic:

This is the flight deck of the space shuttle Discovery during her decommissioning process in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF). Several components are missing as part of that process including panels of switches, closed circuit TV (CCTV) screens, and storage lockers. You can zoom *all* the way in to look closely at switches, part numbers, etc…







Image courtesy of Smithsonian Institution