Damaged Space Shuttle tile

Damaged Space Shuttle tile

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Damaged Space Shuttle tile. Protective tile from NASA's Space Shuttle. This is a high-temperature reusable surface insulation (HRSI) tile and is 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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