Brier Elementary gets a piece of NASA history

The tile is sealed in a black box.

Brier Elementary School has landed a historic piece of NASA’s shuttle program.

NASA was looking for ways to preserve the program’s history as it nears retirement and to inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers. The agency offered offered 7,000 shuttle heat shield tiles to interested schools and universities.

Parents Paul and Jennifer Morgan managed to secure one, which is now on display at the school.

The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures when they re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere.

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