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Atmospheric entry


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Atmospheric entry is the movement of an object from outer space into and through the gases of an atmosphere of a planet, dwarf planet or natural satellite. There are two main types of atmospheric entry: uncontrolled entry, such as the entry of astronomical objects, space debris or bolides; and controlled entry of a spacecraft capable of being navigated or following a predetermined course. Technologies and procedures allowing the controlled atmospheric entry, descent and landing of spacecraft are collectively termed as EDL.
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    • History 

    • Terminology, definitions, and jargon 

    • Entry vehicle shapes 

    • Reentry heating 

    • Thermal protection systems 

    • Feathered reentry 

    • Inflatable heat shield reentry 

    • Entry vehicle design considerations 

    • Notable atmospheric entry accidents 

    • Uncontrolled and unprotected reentries 

    • Successful atmospheric reentries from orbital velocities