DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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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