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An overhead crane lifts the lid of an altitude chamber in the Operations and Checkout Building high bay.

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An overhead crane lifts the saucer-like 27.5-ton lid of an altitude chamber in the Operations and Checkout Building high bay. The chamber was recently reactivated, after a 24-year hiatus, to perform leak tests on International Space Station pressurized modules at the launch site. Originally, two chambers were built to test Apollo Program flight hardware. They were last used in 1975 during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. After installation of new vacuum pumping equipment and controls, a new control room, and a new rotation handling fixture, the chamber again became operational in February 1999. The chamber, which is 33 feet in diameter and 50 feet tall, is constructed of stainless steel. The first module that will be tested for leaks is the U.S. Laboratory. No date has been determined for the test

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  • Title: An overhead crane lifts the lid of an altitude chamber in the Operations and Checkout Building high bay.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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