Orion’s Heat Shield Scorched upon Re-entry to Earth 

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Yes, she’s a little worse for wear, isn’t she? But then again, that’s what atmospheric re-entry and 2200 °Celsius (4000 °Fahrenheit) worth of heat will do to you! Such was the state of the heat shield that protected NASA’s Orion Spaceship after it re-entered the atmosphere on Dec. 5th, 2014. Having successfully protected the craft during it’s test flight, the shield was removed and transported to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where it arrived on March. 9th. Read the Universe Today article, NASA’s Press Release, and 2 Youtube videos.

Read the whole story here on Universe Today at: The Orion’s Heat Shield Gets a Scorching on Re-entry.

Read more about the Orion spacecraft here on NASA: Heat Shield for NASA’s Orion Continues Post-Flight Journey by Land.


View a NASA YouTube video on Orion’s re-entry:

Published on Dec 19, 2014 – New video recorded during NASA’s Orion return through Earth’s atmosphere provides viewers a taste of what the vehicle endured as it returned through Earth’s atmosphere during its Dec. 5 flight test.

  1. The video begins 10 minutes before Orion’s 11:29 a.m. EST splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, just as the spacecraft was beginning to experience Earth’s atmosphere. Peak heating from the friction caused by the atmosphere rubbing against Orion’s heat shield comes less than two minutes later, and the footage shows the plasma created by the interaction change from white to yellow to lavender to magenta as the temperature increases. The video goes on to show the deployment of Orion’s parachutes and the final splash as it touches down.


Video: Orion: Trial By Fire

Published on Oct 8, 2014 – NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launching into space for the first time in December 2014, on a flight that will take it farther than any spacecraft built to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years and through temperatures twice as hot as molten lava to put its critical systems to the test.

HD download link: https://archive.org/details/OrionTrialbyFire