Engine ShieldThis is an example of an early NASA Apollo era rocket insulation artifact. It was designed to protect delicate and structural areas of an early rocket launch vehicles. Rocket engines produce large amounts of thermal energy when they are fired. Insulation would be placed in strategic places throughout the engine compartment.
This piece of insulation is made of a high temperature refractive material surrounded by a sheath of flexible and thermal radiation reflective aluminum. It measures about 10 inches long by about 5 inches wide. This flexibility allows the material to be wrapped around critical components of the rocket and parts of the rocket engine itself.
This item was originally purchased at a Kennedy Space Center Sale by a long time NASA Engineer/Space Collector.
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