Tile, High-temperature Reusable Surface Insulation, STS-9
Black reusable insulation tiles shield the entire underside of the Space Shuttle orbiter, as well as portions of the vertical tail, wings, and forward and aft fuselage where temperatures reach 1,200-2,300 degrees F (650-1,260 degrees C) during re-entry into the atmosphere. About 23,000 black tiles are used on those areas of the Shuttle that sustain very high temperatures during descent. NASA transferred to the Museum a number of damaged tiles removed from the orbiter Columbia after the STS-9 mission (1983).
Transferred from NASA
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.
- SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components
- Ceramic bonded silica fiber with glass coating, paint, plastic
- Overall: 6 x 6 x 1in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 2.5cm)