Flown Soyuz TM-16 Heat Shield Plug Manmade Meteorite

Flown Soyuz TM-16 Heat Shield Plug Manmade Meteorite

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Flown Soyuz TM-16 heat shield plug, 2 inches in diameter. Duration of the flight: 179.03 days.

The outer surface of the heat shield plug protection is partly burned out during re-entry through atmosphere. At the attitude of 80 km. the temperature rises across the surface of the heat shield, as the plasma sheath that surrounds the craft. Inside the module the crew observe the dancing purple flares and sense the searing heat as they plummet earthwards.

The plug mounted on display, the size with metal display:

Heights 14"

base stand 4" x 4" 

 Here is some information about this mission: 

Soyuz TM-16 Manned two crew. Mir Expedition EO-13. Transported to the Mir manned orbital station a crew of the thirteenth main expedition comprising the cosmonauts G M Manakov and A F Poleschuk Soyuz carried the APAS androgynous docking system instead of the usual probe system.

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