Orion’s protective backshell installed on This Week @NASA – August 25, 2014

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Engineers at Kennedy Space Center have finished installing the Orion spacecraft’s backshell – the black protective tiles on the cone-shaped sides of NASA’s new deep space capsule. The backshell tiles are the same type that protected the underside of space shuttles — and will not only provide protection from debris while in space but from extreme temperatures in that area of the spacecraft as it returns from space – which could exceed 31-hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Also, SLS anti-geyser testing, Webb’s replica backplane, Arctic Sea ice loss, Ancient Earth, Alien Earths and more!

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6 Comments

  1. I don't think Orion on its own will be able to take humans to mars. Orion maybe able to do the re-entry from deep space, but the space inside is just too small I think for such a long mission…

    Maybe like a bunch of Delta IV heavy rockets with different parts of a "multiple component" space craft would work…Assembled in space…

    The Orion in itself is uber-cool though 😀

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