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Thermal Protection System


      a system used to protect spacecraft from temperatures that are too hot or too cold


The Thermal Protection System protected the space shuttle so it could return to Earth safely.

When you put on a coat, you are putting on a thermal protection system.


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The Mars rover glows from heat as it enters Mars’ atmosphere
The heat shield on the Mars rover protects it when it lands.
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