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Space Shuttle Discovery Flight Deck Zoom (INTERACTIVE PHOTO)

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National Geographic
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This is the flight deck of the space shuttle Discovery. Several panels of switches are missing as part of her decommissioning process, as are closed circuit TV (CCTV) screens and storage lockers. During flight, the commander sat in the seat on the left and the pilot on the right. Hatches behind their seats lead below to the mid-deck. While in orbit, the rear windows looked out to the payload bay at any cargo operations while the windows on top usually gave a dramatic view of Earth far below.

Credit: Gigapan by Jon Brack

Instructions: To explore this gigapan, use the controls at the left of the image, click and drag with your mouse, or use your keyboard's arrow keys to navigate left or right and the plus and minus keys to zoom in and out. Click "View All" to see the entire image. Click on the snapshots to learn more about certain details.

See more shuttle panoramas at on National Geographic in this article and in the magazine's new Spaceflight HD hub. Discovery can be viewed for real at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, although visitors won't be able to enter the flight deck.