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SPACE SHUTTLE WATCH PICTURE


DISCUSSION

The above photo depicts a space shuttle watch called TIME SHUTTLE and its case. The orbiter rotates right about the eternal tank revealing the analog watch hour and minute hands. Note the pair of solid rocket boosters which frame the time piece. The painting on the TIME SHUTTLE container includes a polar view of Earth and a liftoff depiction of the space shuttle. Of course, the two pictures are not accurate with regard to the shuttle's trajectory. The polar view of Earth shown would be at an altitude of tens of thousands of miles. The shuttle solid rocket boosters jettison (approximately two minutes into the mission) prior to reaching low Earth orbit. The altitude of the shuttle's orbit is measured in hundreds of miles not thousands.

Additionally, the orbiter portion of the space shuttle assemblage could never yaw ninety degrees while attached to the external tank and solid rockets. Such a dramatic yaw would destroy the vehicle.


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