Field Joint Comparison

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After the space shuttle Challenger exploded, in January of 1986, NASA and its contractors knew that the field joints in the solid rocket motor had to be redesigned.

This image displays the original joint compared to the redesigned joint (which added much more protection).

Click on the image for a better view.

Media Credits

Image online, courtesy NASA.  See NASA’s 1988 NSTS Shuttle Reference Manual for additional information on the shuttle's redesign after Challenger's explosion and the failure of mission STS 51-L.



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