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Spacecraft heat shield

Spacecraft heat shield

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29.0 x 43.4 cm ⏐ 11.4 x 17.1 in (300dpi)

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MARK WILLIAMSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARK WILLIAMSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption

A detail of the damaged heat shield of the European Space Agency's Intermediate eXperimetal Vehicle (IXV), an atmospheric re-entry demonstrator launched on a Vega rocket on 11 February 2015 and recovered the same day in the Pacific Ocean following a 100-minute suborbital spaceflight. The image shows part of the actual flight vehicle on display at the 2015 Paris Air Show. The underside exhibits charring from re-entry heating.

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