Inflatable Heat Shield to be Used by NASA for Landing on Mars

January 5, 2015 3:47 AM

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NASA is preparing an inflatable heat shield for the spacecrafts bound to Mars. The space agency believes that the heat shield may help humans one day to settle on the Red Planet. The device is being designed at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Mar’s atmosphere is much more thinner than that of the earth and NASA’s engineers have been studying different ways to land on the Martian surface. Rockets, or parachutes couldn’t not be used to slow large vehicles so that they may land safely on the red planet.

So in this regard an idea that is currently circulating in various minds is the construction of an inflatable heat shield that resembles the stacking doughnut toy being used by infants. Each and every segment of the shield is covered with a thermal blanket and it would be inflated with nitrogen duri...

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