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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Space Shuttle main engine: 6,000 degrees F inside, cool outside!

Space Shuttle main engine: 6,000 degrees F inside, cool outside!
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A space shuttle main engine stands alone. Technicians have rotating devices to position the engines for processing. A space shuttle main engine burns at 6,000 degrees F, but the outside of the nozzle remains cool to the touch. Prior to launch, sometimes it even frosts over.
Credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

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