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Corning Will Produce Window on the World

Photonics Spectra
Mar 2000
Corning Inc. of Corning, N.Y., the sole provider of windows for the US portion of the International Space Station, will supply a 21-in.-diameter window for the US laboratory module Destiny. The window will enable global monitoring projects under NASA's Earth Science program, which seeks to construct a holistic model of the ecosystem.

The science window will comprise a mount, three fused silica panes and a scratch pane. The external 0.375-in.-thick pane is designed to absorb the impacts of micrometeorites and orbital debris, and it can be replaced in orbit. Two 1.25-in.-thick pressure panes ensure the module's atmospheric integrity.

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