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Picking up NASA’s 2,200 degree thermal tiles with bare hands

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Recorded on a Kennedy Space Center tour before the launch of the last Space Shuttle mission (Atlantis), watch tour attendees pick up NASA’s 2,200 degree thermal tiles — specially designed, coatedΒ LI-900Β ceramic tiles made out ofΒ 99.9% pure silica glass fibres and 94% by volume of air. (Thanks, @Bilsko.)Β From wikipedia:Β 

White tiles (known as LRSI) are used mainly on the upper surface and have higher thermal reflectivity. These are therefore pointed towards the sun in order to minimize solar gain.

Black tiles (known as HRSI) are optimized for maximum emissivity, which means they lose heat faster than white tiles. This property is required in order to maximise heat rejection during re-entry.

Read more about how the space shuttle thermal protection systems workΒ and watchΒ Dr. Ainissa Ramirez demonstrate and explain more about the 27,000 ceramic tiles on the bottom of theΒ space shuttle:

More Material Marvels and more Space Shuttle videos in the archives.Β 

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