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NASA shuttle tiles and space food available to schools and universities

By Eileen De Guire / September 13, 2011

Discovery’s under wing surfaces were protected by thousands of high-temperature insulation tiles. Credit: NASA; Wikipedia. NASA is jettisoning some stuff they don’t need, now that the Shuttle program has ended, through their “Tiles for Teachers” and “Space Food for Schools” programs. There is even a link to lesson plans for grades 2-4, 5-8 and 9-12.…

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Video of the week: The Shirtsleeve Invention

By / June 22, 2011

I learned about the existence of this video after I wrote my review of Gloria Beasley Lausten’s book about the work by her husband (Bob Beasley) on the NASA’s Space Shuttle tile-based thermal protection system.

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Beasley biography details quest for space shuttle’s thermal protection system

By / June 21, 2011

If mechanical systems and the weather cooperate, July 8 will bring the 135rd and final mission of the American Space Shuttle program (STS-135). Coincidentally, I recently received a charming biography of the late Robert M. Beasley, the man who led the team that developed the shuttles’ high-temperature reusable surface insulation tiles. I think for those…

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Video of the week: Linda Jones on high temperature oxidation and corrosion of ceramics and glass

By / April 21, 2010

[flash mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/linda_jones.jpg}] ACerS Fellow Linda Jones is the Hewlett Professor of Engineering at Smith College. Through much of her career, Jones has focused on how materials behave when exposed to oxygen and other gases under conditions of high temperatures and high levels of vibrations, such as might be found on the leading-edge surfaces…

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