This metal test plate was used to determine the effect of meteor impact on space vehicles. This study was conducted over a 30 year period at Langley Research Center. The plate was not flown in space and was not actually struck by meteors, however, it offers an education opportunity to explore this facet of aerospace engineering. The link below is a recorded interview with the Chief Scientist who conducted the project and provides a broader perspective on the subject.
Discovery Kit: Space Exploration (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.