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Thermal Protection Tile

Mission: STS-1 Columbia   Crew: John W. Young
Robert L. Crippen
Launch: April 12, 1981  
Landing: April 14, 1981  
Duration: 2 Days, 6 hours  
Comment: Maiden flight of the Space Shuttle

This segment of thermal protection tile is from one of the 148 that was damaged and removed from Columbia after STS-1 landed. This tile was presented to Harold H. Hill, a biomedical administrator at NASA Johnson Space Center, for his "steadfast support of the Space Shuttle program."

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