NASA History @ Cook

December 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Towson University now has a piece of space history.

NASA recently announced that they are distributing 7,000 Space Shuttle heat shield tiles to schools and universities and Albert S. Cook Library has obtained one for Towson.  These lightweight tiles were used to protect the shuttles from extreme temperatures when the orbiters re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.  Don Thomas, former NASA astronaut and Director of the Willard Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science, anticipates that the tile will be a useful teaching tool in  the Saturday Morning Science series and in the Physics program.

The tile is currently housed in Special Collections on the 5th floor of Cook Library.

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