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Landers need heat shields during reentry
- Title Landers need heat shields during reentry
- Released 10/04/2003 9:55 am
- Copyright ESA
The Huygens Probe will enter the upper layers of Titan's atmosphere at 22000 km/h, slowing to about 1400 km/h in less than 2 minutes, thanks to the friction of the Front Shield with the atmospheric gas. The temperature of the gas in the shock wave in front of the heat shield may reach 120000 °C, with the shield itself reaching 18000 °C.
- Id 205962