Each Aero-Art blueprint is digitally scanned from original, vintage NASA artwork. Artists then take the scanned artwork and sharpen and define details and colors. Various tears, creases, and coffee stains are also removed in the process. Each pristine file is then printed on acid-free, archival 100# paper and ships rolled in a protective bag and tube with an informational label.
This set of four blueprints shows you the placement of the different types of thermal insulation that was used on the Space Shuttle. The Thermal Protection System provided protection for the Orbiter during the searing 3,000 °F (1,650 °C) heat of atmospheric reentry. Some areas were covered with replaceable tiles (such as the underside) whilst other areas were covered with thermal blankets. The types of materials used in various areas changed as the Space Transportation System evolved.
Each blueprint shows you a different view of the Spacecraft: plan (side); dorsal (top); ventral (bottom); and isometric (perspective). All four blueprints in this set are the same size: 12″ by 18″ and are suitable for framing.