A tile from the space shuttle, forming part of its thermal protection system. The tiles on the shuttle are made of pure silicon fibres, and some are covered with a coating of black borosilicate glass, capable of withstanding temperatures of close to 1640ºC (3000ºF) as the shuttle re-enters the atmosphere.
Picture: Michel Lambert
Donated by Space Camp Canada, Space Science Centre (Cosmodôme).
© Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History 2001. All rights reserved.
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