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sprocketship
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posted 03-03-2014 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to buy a Buran space shuttle heat tile, but I'm wondering if there are any health issues, specifically radiation issues that may be associated with these? I would expect any publicly released NASA tiles to be safe. What about these Russian tiles?

I'm not implying that they are dangerous. So, please don't read anything into my question.

I don't know how radiation effects objects in the upper atmosphere. I also don't know anything about how the Russian shuttle was built and what extremes and forces it may have been subjected to.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-03-2014 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are no radiation concerns, but there are health risks to consider when handling either U.S. or Russian tiles. To quote NASA's Tile Care and Handling Precautions:
Breathing dust from this product may cause a scratchy throat, congestion, and slight coughing. Getting dust or fibers on the skin, or in the eyes may cause itching, rash, or redness.
Further NASA advises:
The silica material in shuttle tiles is not classified as hazardous either by Federal SARA or CERCLA standards. However, material from the silica fiber layer can cause temporary irritation of the throat and/or itching of the eyes and skin so that touching a bare tile should be avoided.

rgarner
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posted 03-03-2014 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having cut tiles up myself I can vouch for that. Wear a breathing mask and thin rubber gloves, they are a few dollars and dozen and will save you the itchy skin and soar throat.

sprocketship
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posted 03-03-2014 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sprocketship     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies. I appreciate the insight!

Daniel Lazecky
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posted 03-03-2014 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daniel Lazecky   Click Here to Email Daniel Lazecky     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ceramic tiles of Buran might look like this.

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