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NASA eClips™: How Sand Protects the Shuttle
January 31, 2012

Target: Grades K-5

Length: 5 minutes 11 seconds

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In this NASA eClips video segment, learn how NASA used sand to protect the space shuttle. The shuttle needed a protective covering that would withstand extreme temperature changes when it entered and exited Earth's atmosphere again and again. In this video segment, find out how the shuttle tiles were made from sand and how the sand was used as a protective layer to keep the astronauts and the shuttle safe.

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