Space Shuttle Tile Goes Missing
A piece of the space shuttle has gone missing. A thermal tile went missing from the Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
A NASA docent posted on her Facebook page that someone took the 6 inch by 6 inch black tile while it was out of sight.
— Brandon (@hiperfin) April 10, 2017
The tile, encased in Plexiglas, was a training tile and wasn’t used on a spaceflight mission. The space shuttle was covered in the lightweight thermal tiles to protect it from the heat of re-entry.
Space fans on social media are urging people to keep an eye out for the tile on auction sites, like eBay. Pieces of flown tiles that are authorized for sale on action sites can go for around $700.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is trying to find the tile and whether the tile was stolen or if it was misplaced.
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