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Visualization of flowfield entrainment

Computational Assessment of Space Shuttle OMS Damage

Re-entry of the repaired Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis (STS-117) in June 2007 was declared safe based on computational and experimental work performed using the Columbia supercomputer. This image shows flowfield entrainment into a cavity from an exposed thermal blanket.

Credit: Research by Stephen J. Alter, NASA Langley Research Center.

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