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Space Shuttle Challenger FLOWN insulation material

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Space Shuttle Challenger FLOWN insulation material

NASA's Space Shuttles were the world's first reusable spaceships. A total of six Space Shuttles were built: Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.
Two Space Shuttles were lost in flight: Challenger (STS-51L) and Columbia (STS-107).

About 1'' triangle swatch of insulation material mounted on a 7x9'' rigid foam board certified on the backside.

In early 1979, NASA contractor Rockwell started to build the Space Shuttle Challenger, OV-099. It was completed and delivered in 1982 and was the second operational orbiter after her sister ship Columbia. Challenger's maiden voyage was mission STS-6 on April 4, 1983 with astronauts Donald Peterson and Story Musgrave performing the first spacewalk. The orbiter flew 9 successful Space Shuttle missions between 1983 and 1985 and broke apart 73 seconds after launch of STS-51L on January 28, 1986, killing the crew of 7 astronauts.

The source of this piece of blanket is a scrapped part of the Shuttle by NASA. No material from the ill-fated flight STS-51L!

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