Saturn V S-IC (first stage) heat sheild

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©junebug on March 11, 2008

Very interesting detail! I've heard about the heat shields before but never knew what it looks like. Cheers, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on March 11, 2008

Thanks Anne! This is a different kind of heat shield that what's on the bottom of the space shuttle and the reentry capsules. Those shields have to be much more perfect; this one just has to last for a couple of minutes during liftoff. Plus the crew is sitting about 450 feet away from these engines, and the first stage falls off anyway when the fuel is used up. Cheers, Ryan

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 9, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2008/01/02 12:37:00
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 85.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO800
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash