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Protected by a PICA-X heat shield in this artist's rendition, the Dragon spacecraft reenters the Earth's atmosphere at around 7 kilometers per second (15,660 mph), heating the exterior of the spacecraft as high as 2,000°C (3,620°F).
NASA + SpaceX Work Together

By Andrew Chambers and Dan Rasky   NASA is committed to working with private industry to develop the next generation of space-transportation technologies.

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