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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Transportation ➔ Thermal Tile

Identifier:
E1990.44.1
Description:
This thermal tile was developed for the U.S. Government's National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Shuttle Program and was applied to the underside of a space shuttle to buffer the searing hear of 100 reentry cycles. A black glass coating reradiates approximately 90% of the heat and the tile absorbs the remaining energy. They can withstand up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit and are completely unique with no two tiles alike. This is because each tile was cut and trimmed to fit an exact place on a shuttle. 
Date:
1975 – 1985
Materials:
Silica, Borosilicate Glass Coating
Dimensions:
4.5" h 12" w 6" d
Current Location Status:
Deaccessioned
Source:
Gift Of NASA
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Virtual Discovery Kit: Space Exploration (May 2020)
Space, the final frontier! Discover what we know about outer space as well as how astronauts and astronomers explore this infinite universe
Makers/Donors
Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Incorporated

NASA