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The tiles that make up the exterior of the space shuttle are basically the absolute pinnacle of material science.

Even after sitting in an oven at over 2200 degrees Farenheit, the tiles dissipate heat so quickly that they can be picked up at the corners even while the middle is still molten – essentially lava.

This amazing material is needed for reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, when the Space Shuttle would heat up to a searing 3,000 degrees Farenheit.

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