Why are the walls of space craft covered in buttons and wires?
November 30, 2006 5:27 PM Subscribe
Why are space shuttle interiors so complicated and so exposed?
posted by fire&wings to technology (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Why is it that the interior of space shuttles and the like are so....exposed? Every wall seems to be covered in exposed wiring, buttons, switches etc. I wonder why this is? Are they so vital that covering them with a door or panel would hinder emergency access, or maybe NASA budgets won't stretch to a hinge and a plastic flap? It's strange that with people actually floating about bumping into stuff inside them, the guts of the ship seem to be left open to accidental damage.
, wires, screens, buttons - a mess!