Perfecting the Heat Shield for Reentry: The Jupiter-C Nosecone

Ask an Expert Live

May 30, 2018 | 12:30pm
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Sixty years ago in 1958, the U.S. Army tested the first ablative heat shields by launching reentry vehicles with the same rocket that put the first U.S. satellite into orbit. In this week's Ask an Expert on Facebook Live, join space history curator Michael Neufeld as he discusses the Jupiter-C nosecone and its implications for bringing both nuclear warheads and people back through the atmosphere.

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