NASA is offering space shuttle heat shield tiles and dehydrated astronaut food to eligible schools and universities. It's all part of the agency's efforts to preserve the Space Shuttle Program's history and technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.

The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures when they re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. The food, which was precooked or processed so that refrigeration is unnecessary, is ready to eat or could be prepared simply by adding water or by heating. Schools can register for a login ID and request a tile or food here.

"Tiles for Teachers" are offered for the shipping and handling fee of $23.40. "Space Food for Schools" is offered in one package containing about three space food items for a shipping and handling fee of $28.03. Not too bad for a major piece of American History!

Get the full details here from NASA.