SPACE SHUTTLE THERMAL TILE DISPLAY.
Display of four thermal protection items used on the Space Shuttle, comprising:
1. 2 types of silica tile.
2. A sample of tile gap filler.
3. A sample of thermal blanket material which covers areas of the shuttle not subject to the highest temperatures during re-entry. A majority of the Space Shuttle is covered with the black outer-coated silica tiles.
Plaques above and below these samples read: To Max Faget. Best wishes on your retirement from your many friends at Ames Research Center, 1981. NASA Ames Developed Materials Adopted For Space Shuttle Orbiter. All material is labeled with its NASA ID designation and mounted on a 6 by 7inch wood base.
Accompanied by a November 24, 1981 letter from C. A. Syvertson (Ames Director) to Dr. Faget. It reads in part: The small remaining group of our more 'senior' staff members remember your technically inspiring visits to Ames in the early days of NASA when you described your concepts for safely bringing persons back from earth orbit. Of course, these concepts later provided the basis for the design of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules
. The letter also acknowledges Dr. Faget's work with the Space Shuttle and states: It is indeed rare for one person to leave such an impressive technical imprint on the two largest programs undertaken by NASA.