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Submission + - Endeavour lands. Tile perfoms better than expected

Eponymous Bastard writes: Space Shuttle Endeavour landed yesterday afternoon after completing its mission to the International Space Station. You might remember earlier articles about the damaged thermal protection tiles. The tiles held up better than the experiments at the arc jet facility suggested, which were meant as a worst case scenario. Wikipedia has before and after pictures. Compare with the test pictures here. Full article here

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