DescriptionSpace Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Flown Limited Edition Tile Segment Presentation. A 0.5" cube-shaped segment of the thermal tile taken from Columbia after the first orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle, embedded in a 3.5" x 2.5" x 1" clear acrylic display. The card mounted beneath the tile states that it was (in part): "Presented to Donald T. Hamilton In appreciation of your steadfast support of the Space Shuttle program...", is numbered "3903", and signed in facsimile by Christopher C. Kraft Jr. The verso of the card reads: "This is a segment of a thermal tile which protected the Space Shuttle Orbiter 'Columbia' (STS-1) from the heat of reentry on its first flight April 12-14, 1981". Excellent. From the family collection of the late Donald T. Hamilton, a NASA engineer of 40+ years' service.
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