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Orion heat shield closeup

Orion heat shield closeup

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Orion heat shield closeup
Unlike the space shuttle's reusable thermal protection tiles, Orion's heat shield is ablative, designed to burn off as the spacecraft reenters Earth's atmosphere.

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Original image data dated on or about December 8, 2014

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