Tile, High-temperature Reusable Surface Insulation, STS-9

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

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

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

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Ceramic bonded silica fiber with glass coating, paint, plastic
Dimensions
Overall: 6 x 6 x 1in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 2.5cm)

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

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

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

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Ceramic bonded silica fiber with glass coating, paint, plastic
Dimensions
Overall: 6 x 6 x 1in. (15.2 x 15.2 x 2.5cm)

ID: A19860077000