Photos: Blanket tests clear shuttle for re-entry

Photos: Blanket tests clear shuttle for re-entry

Summary: A torn thermal blanket was subjected to a supersonic wind tunnel to simulate what might happen during Space Shuttle Discovery's return to Earth.

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TOPICS: Nasa / Space
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  • Wind tunnel

    After observing a torn insulation blanket near the window of the Space Shuttle Discovery, personnel at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. tested the material to simulate what would happen during re-entry and determine if space repairs were necessary. To do this, the blanket was subjected to a supersonic wind tunnel.

  • Test results

    The test indicated that little extra damage would occur during re-entry and allowed NASA managers to call off a potential spacewalk to repair the damage.

  • Thermal blanket damage

    Here's a closer look at what the thermal blanket might look like after Discovery's re-entry.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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