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- n. Plural form of heatshield.
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Simple re-entry shells, little more than teardrop-shaped heatshields, rained down from the Shrill cruiser by the thousands.
For comparison, the heatshields of the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Exploration Rovers measured
SLA 561v has been used on the heatshields of all Mars landers mission of past, but this is the first time it will be used on the backshell of a Mars mission.
It beats me why habitability resources (toilets, food, sleeping etc) have to be in the re-entry vehicle - hatches in heatshields are hardly news).