# How Does A Space Shuttle Travel Through The Atmosphere

## How fast is the space shuttle going when it leaves the atmosphere?

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## How hot is reentry to Earth?

Although it causes drag, it also causes intense heat. Specifically, shuttles faced intense temperatures of about 3000 degrees Fahrenheit (about 1649 degrees Celsius) [source: Hammond].

## Why is reentry so fast?

After all, it orbits the Earth at a speed of only 1.02 km / sec relative to Earth. The reason is that if you start higher in the Earth’s gravitational well, and drop down to LEO, you accelerate all the way, and actually end up faster than if you started off in LEO originally.

## How do astronauts not burn up on reentry?

A variety of Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) is employed to prevent spaceships from preemptively burning. The heat shield is a reentry vehicle’s primary defense against the intense heat experienced as they fall through the atmosphere.

## Do astronauts pass out during reentry?

The lack of gravity astronauts encounter during spaceflight makes returning to the force of Earth’s gravity a little disorienting. And when they return to Earth, they faint. A new study published Friday in Circulation, the American Heart Association’s journal, has identified a way to avoid that.

## What will happen if astronauts re enter at the wrong angle?

Re-entry Corridor If the angle is too steep, the spacecraft burns up, and anyone unlucky enough to be inside is crushed. If the angle is too shallow, on the other hand, the spacecraft skims off the edge of the atmosphere like a stone skimming along the surface of a pond.

## How cold is space?

According to data from the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, the temperature of space is 2.725K (2.725 degrees above absolute zero).

## Why don t rockets go straight up?

In a nutshell, a rocket must curve its trajectory post-launch, if it wants to enter the Earth’s orbit. If it didn’t do that and continued to go straight up, it would eventually reach a point where its fuel would run out and, most likely, it would end up plummeting back to Earth like a stone.

## How hot does the space shuttle get on reentry?

During re-entry, the shuttle is going so fast, it compresses the air ahead of it. The compression of the air layers near the leading edges of the shuttle is quick, causing the temperature of the air to rise to as high as 3000 degrees Fahrenheit!

## How fast is reentry into Earth’s atmosphere?

It is usually moving parallel to the ground, at a speed of about 7 km/sec or 17,500 miles per hour.