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NASA Space Program Used Delta II Rocket Instrument Panel McDonnell Douglas

Regular price $225.00
Original Delta II Rocket instrument panel, NASA Kennedy Space Center Florida inventory from the estate of Charles Bell, former NASA engineer and collector of space program hardware. 

22 1/2 inches by 8 1/4 inches at the widest point, made of lightweight alloy, possibly aluminum or titanium, weighing 2 pounds, 10 ounces. With 26 openings, each silk-screened with an alphanumeric designation for indicator lights or switches. Former NASA inventory, made by McDonnell Douglas, marked MR-RP01-13-0382, 73R310467 2002, and S/N 7417N170. Made in 1982. 

Against a backdrop of clouds on the horizon, the Delta II rocket, carrying NASA's Dawn spacecraft, rises from the smoke and fire on the launch pad. Photo © NASA
According to NASA, The Delta II "has launched dozens of NASA missions, including one of the agency's great observatories, and three Mars rovers. It is used for medium-sized payloads." In its early days, there were plans to eventually use the Delta II Rocket for the Space Shuttle, but these plans were scrapped after the Challenger disaster in 1986.

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