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Interior of the descent propulsion system (DPS) engine.

I'm not certain if this is a flight-type engine or simply a mockup. The nozzle extension looks like a high-fidelity article, although some sort of metal plate covers the throat of the engine (perhaps at the interface between the thrust chamber proper and the nozzle extension). I don't believe that LTA-8 ever did participate in any propulsion-related tests, so it seems likely that a mockup was used.

Picture 2 of 2.

This photo shows the metal plate installed in the nozzle extension.

Time picture taken Mon Aug 4 10:00:16 2008
Location picture taken Outside Starship Gallery
Space Center Houston
Houston, TX
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