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Flame Deflector, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, October 2015

Flame Deflector, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, October 2015

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Rocket launches are hot - up to about 5,800 F hot.

A Flame Deflector System protects space vehicles and the launch pad structures from the extreme heat of a space launch. The flame deflectors (sometimes called blast shields) are located in the launch pad's flame trench. They are constructed from concrete and refractory brick. During a launch, flames travel down twin troughs that correspond with openings in the Mobile Launch Platform. Flames run horizontally down the flame trench, instead of bouncing back and surrounding the space vehicle. The flame trench about 150 yards long.

Space Shuttle Atlantis, Atlantis Visitor Center Complex, Kennedy Space Center, September 2015

Space Shuttle Atlantis, Atlantis Visitor Center Complex, Kennedy Space Center, September 2015

Half Moon in Evening Sky Over Flame Trench, Launch Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, October 2015

Half Moon in Evening Sky Over Flame Trench, Launch Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, October 2015

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