Space Rescue pp 287-339 | Cite as

Return to Earth

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Over the past five decades it has been demonstrated several times that getting back on Earth is just as difficult and dangerous as leaving our planet in the first place. Developing the technologies for protecting the spacecraft and its human cargo from the vacuum of space, through the increasingly denser layers of our atmosphere and finally for a gentle landing on Earth is one of the more challenging aspects of spacecraft design.


United States Zinc Oxide Dense Layer Aerospace Technology Space Shuttle 
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