Skip to main content

Space History Photo: Project Fire

space history, re-entry heating test
NASA technicians prepare to test materials with high temperature.
(Image: © 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.

Each weekday, SPACE.com looks back at the history of spaceflight through photos (archive).

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.