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A technician holding a silica fibre thermal insulation tile, seconds after being removed from a furnace at 1300 Celsius. The tiles lose 90% of their heat within moments. Such tiles are used on the underbody, wings and other areas of the Space Shuttle where the highest temperatures are generated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
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