Images: NASA feels the heat at research facility

Images: NASA feels the heat at research facility

Summary: Interaction Heating Facility arc jet heater core is one of the principal research areas where materials for space exploration are tested.

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  • NASA researchers Frank Hui and Ernest Fretter

    Frank Hui, pictured left, an aerospace test engineer, and Ernest Fretter, who oversees the arc jet facility at NASA Ames, where scientists are testing materials that will eventually insulate spacecraft traveling to the moon.

  • Temperature gauges inside the arc jet facility

    Temperature gauges inside the arc jet facility allow scientists to simulate conditions and temperatures that a spacecraft would encounter on re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.

  • Instruments measure temperature of heat-shield materials

    Outside the arc jet facility, instruments measure the surface temperature of the heat shield materials to see how they react to extreme temperatures.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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