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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Outer Space ➔ Meteorite Testing Plate

Identifier:
2020.2.5
Description:
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.
Materials:
Metal
Dimensions:
3.75" h 3.75" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Purchase
Rights:
Links:
http://youtu.be/BgyG414-bAs
Exhibits/Programs
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.        

Virtual Discovery Kit: Space Exploration (May 2020)
Space, the final frontier! Discover what we know about outer space as well as how astronauts and astronomers explore this infinite universe
Maker/Donor
NASA
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