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Launchpad: Designing a Capsule for Space [Archived]

Launchpad: Designing a Capsule for Space [Archived]

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Why was the Apollo capsule shaped like a gumdrop? Learn about the blunt-shaped capsule used for past and present NASA spacecraft. See how engineers use the design process to help expand on the work others have done before them.

[Archived 2014 - Not all missions make it from design to launch. These archived videos describe missions that that would have taken humans back to the moon. While the actual missions were aborted, the technology and science behind the missions pushed innovation to new levels.]

Published on: June 23, 2009

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