A thermal tile designed for the Space Shuttle was stolen from the Shuttle Atlantis's display exhibit at NASA Kennedy Space Center on Sunday April 9, according to freelance photographer Brandon Thonen who has worked on projects at NASA Kennedy before and is familiar with the situation. "It was never used on a shuttle, it was just for training purposes," Thonen told Popular Mechanics.
The thermal plate is a 6-inch square black tile encased in plexiglass that is used at Kennedy Space Center for educational purposes. It has serial number VT70—191 with three additional digits that are unknown. A Space Shuttle tile matching this description on eBay or for sale elsewhere online should be treated with suspicion and possibly reported to the authorities.http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/news/a26013/space-shuttle-tile-stolen-from-nasa/?src=socialflowFB