Shuttle Insulation Gap Filler, STS-1

Shuttle Insulation Gap Filler, STS-1

     

Tile gap fillers fit into the spaces between the Shuttle's thermal protection tiles to close any narrow gaps. About the size of a bookmark but a bit thicker, the gap filler is a barrier that keeps heat from penetrating around the tiles. Gap fillers have black or white braided borders, according to their use between black or white tiles. They are made of a tough ceramic silica fiber strengthened with aluminum.

NASA gave this gap filler to the Museum after the Space Shuttle Columbia's first mission in 1981.

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.
Rockwell International Corporation

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Moving Beyond Earth

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
AB 312 alumina-boro-silica ceramic fiber
Dimensions
Overall: 3 x 8in. (7.6 x 20.3cm)

Tile gap fillers fit into the spaces between the Shuttle's thermal protection tiles to close any narrow gaps. About the size of a bookmark but a bit thicker, the gap filler is a barrier that keeps heat from penetrating around the tiles. Gap fillers have black or white braided borders, according to their use between black or white tiles. They are made of a tough ceramic silica fiber strengthened with aluminum.

NASA gave this gap filler to the Museum after the Space Shuttle Columbia's first mission in 1981.

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.
Rockwell International Corporation

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Moving Beyond Earth

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
AB 312 alumina-boro-silica ceramic fiber
Dimensions
Overall: 3 x 8in. (7.6 x 20.3cm)

ID: A19820052000