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F-1 Nozzle Extension F-6045

Apparently in preparation for receiving Space Shuttle Discovery, the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center decided that they no longer wanted F-1 engine F-6049 or the nozzle extension they exhibited with it, and so returned it to Marshall Space Flight Center circa May 2012. This nozzle extension was actually intended for engine F-6045, which is displayed at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

When I visited in July 2012, F-6049 was being stored in Bldg. 4205, in the same room as the thrust chamber from F-6090, the F-1 engine which had been disassembled by a MSFC research team.

Although I had a limited time to photograph the disassembled engine, I did take several photos of the nozzle extension (the only other nozzle extension of which I am aware which is not attached to an F-1 is at the New Mexico Museum of Space History). I especially wanted to get pictures straight down the interior, as I didn't get any such photos when I photographed the nozzle extension currently displayed with F-4023.

Our host was kind enough to get a ladder to facilitate these photos (he jokingly informed us that the "physical activity" section of his job description listed only "occasional walking" and made no mention of carrying ladders). Due to the taper of the nozzle extension, even with the ladder it was necessary to hold the camera out at arm's length and "shoot blind."

 
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