What Does it Take to Photograph Spacecraft in a Clean-Room?


Video courtesy of AmericaSpace

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — It isn’t every day that one gets to go into the clean rooms located at Astrotech’s facilities in Titusville, Fla. When a member of the media does so, it’s usually to take images or video of the spacecraft that are processed there. The procedure to get into the high bays located in this bastion of high technology can be rather involved. Check out the video the AmericaSpace team produced to see just how involved.

AmericaSpace visited the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite K (TDRS-K) during a media event hosted by NASA on Jan. 11, 2013. This was not the first time that Alan Walters, Julian Leek, and I had been in one of these sterile facilities, having visited NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, the Mars Phoenix Lander, GRAIL, and several others before. We wanted to take a second this time, however, to show you at home what is needed to be able to have this unique opportunity.

The above video is meant to slightly inform and to provide you with a laugh at our expense – enjoy.


  1. Ha ha ha! Very CUTE….but also an INFORMATIVE GLIMPSE into a world most of us have no awareness of……we just read a tiny blurb on a back page of a newspaper…if we’re lucky…..that “some sort of satellite was launched”.

    It’s what is wrong with media & our society these days….that we know what some bimbo ate for breakfast today and what designer brands she wears….but no clue as to who was the first man to set foot on the Moon or even WHO the current Vice-President of the United States is.

  2. I agree – very informative! I wonder if the procedures for interplanetary spacecraft were even more strict, especially for the Apollo and Mars spacecraft?!

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