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Space History Photo: Project Fire

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NASA technicians prepare to test materials with high temperature. (Image credit: NASA)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, technicians ready materials to be subjected to high temperatures that will simulate the effects of re-entry heating as part of the Project Fire study. This photo was taken on Aug. 17, 1962,  in the 9 X 6 Foot Thermal Structures Tunnel.

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