I am surprised you are all taken in.
They are all fakes made in a Hollywood back lot.
Was just looking thru the pics again and came upon the one near the bottom showing the view of the cockpit....doesn't it look very low tech?
I know the shuttles are getting old but just looks ordinary compared to say, the cockpit of a modern airliner but the big difference is one goes into space!
Someway reminds me of what the inside of a old russian fighter plane looks like.
low tech you say.....
The picture (i think) you might have be referring to is actually of the controls for the cargo bay (controlling operation of the doors and remote manipulator system) the flight deck is not in any of the pictures as far as i can see so I think the image has been mislabelled.
Q. What is an astronaut's salary?
A. Salaries for civilian Astronaut Candidates are based on the Federal Government's General Schedule pay scale for grades GS-12 through GS-13. Each person's grade is determined according to his/her academic achievements and experience. Currently, a GS-12 starts at $65,140 per year and a GS-13 can earn up to $100,701 per year.