on APRIL 2, 2015 (Universe Today)
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.