Tile, Shuttle Insulation, Black, STS-1

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This Space Shuttle thermal insulation tile was removed after being damaged on the first flight of Columbia in 1981. Black HRSI (High-Temperature Reusable Surface Insulation) tiles shielded the vehicle from the heat of re-entry into the atmosphere. About 23,000 HRSI tiles were used primarily on the upper forward fuselage and the underside of the Shuttle. NASA transferred a number of such tiles to the Museum after the STS-1 mission.

NASA transferred this tile to the Museum in 1981.

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
ceramic bonded silica fiber with glass coating
Dimensions
Overall: 6 in. tall x 6 in. wide x 3 1/2 in. deep (15.2 x 15.2 x 8.9cm)

This Space Shuttle thermal insulation tile was removed after being damaged on the first flight of Columbia in 1981. Black HRSI (High-Temperature Reusable Surface Insulation) tiles shielded the vehicle from the heat of re-entry into the atmosphere. About 23,000 HRSI tiles were used primarily on the upper forward fuselage and the underside of the Shuttle. NASA transferred a number of such tiles to the Museum after the STS-1 mission.

NASA transferred this tile to the Museum in 1981.

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
ceramic bonded silica fiber with glass coating
Dimensions
Overall: 6 in. tall x 6 in. wide x 3 1/2 in. deep (15.2 x 15.2 x 8.9cm)

ID: A19820010000