I found this terrific photo of an STS orbiter cockpit online, however it does not mention which orbiter:

Shuttle cockpit

How might one determine which orbiter this is? The wear on the consoles seem to indicate that they were brushed often in a fashion that seems consistent with floating in, not walking in, so I don't think that this is a simulator. Also, the photographs of simulators don't seem to have the velcro stickers everywhere. Here is the high res photograph for detail.

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    $\begingroup$ Sort of puts the ADI/RCS/abort panel in context. (It's below the middle screen on the left.) $\endgroup$
    – user
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling: Thank you. I actually did find a similar picture which ruled out Challenger but then realized that both it and the photo that you mention are before the glass-cockpit update. $\endgroup$
    – dotancohen
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 12:02

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It's Space Shuttle Columbia, as I learned from a Google image search of the image itself (find similar), which came up with this result among others:


I would be very interested to learn if there are ways to tell the cockpits apart from just the image, though.

From the comments:

It's a whole lot easier to tell from looking at the aft cockpit or the middeck. In fact, after MEDS was installed, I don't know if one can tell by looking at the forward panels - Organic Marble

  • $\begingroup$ Very nice, thank you! What did you google for? I tried "Columbia cockpit", "Endeavour cockpit", etc but did not find that. $\endgroup$
    – dotancohen
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 11:52
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    $\begingroup$ I googled for the image itself. You can do that by drag&dropping it into the search bar. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 11:53
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    $\begingroup$ I had no idea!‎ $\endgroup$
    – dotancohen
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 11:55

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