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Thermal Tile Ceramic Insert (Plug)

Missions: N/A  
Comment: Prepared for flight in 1993, this plug is Part
Number: MD263-0008-0207

This fused-silica plug is an example of the ceramic inserts threaded into the space shuttle's thermal protection tiles to fill machined holes through which carrier panel bolts can be accessed. These plugged tiles are installed where pre- and post-flight servicing tasks require technicians have access to the systems protected underneath, including the payload bay hinges, the crew hatch, and multiple areas framing the orbiter windows.


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