How Different are SpaceX Thermal Tiles From the Space Shuttle’s?

When SpaceX first showed off the thermal tiles on its Starship spacecraft that should keep it safe when re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere towards the loving embrace of the chopsticks on the launch tower, some similarity to the thermal tiles on NASA’s now retired Space Shuttle Orbiter was hard to miss.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://hackaday.com/2024/02/14/how-different-are-spacex-thermal-tiles-from-the-space-shuttles/