Damaged Space Shuttle tiles

Damaged Space Shuttle tiles

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Caption: Damaged Space Shuttle tiles. Protective tiles from NASA's Space Shuttle. These are low-temperature reusable surface insulation (LRSI, right) and high-temperature reusable surface insulation (HRSI, left) tiles. They are part of the Space Shuttle thermal protection system (TPS), designed to protect the shuttles from the searing heat generated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. This tile was damaged during re-entry.

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