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* In the ''Series/StarTrek'' parody ''Stone Trek'', the transporter is [[StonePunk simply a hole]] that opens in the transporter pad, [[RuleOfFunny dropping the away team onto the planet surface]].

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* In the ''Series/StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody ''Stone Trek'', the transporter is [[StonePunk simply a hole]] that opens in the transporter pad, [[RuleOfFunny dropping the away team onto the planet surface]].


** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': An enemy pilot deliberately tries to keep the Barbatos from returning to the shuttle in the hopes of destroying it; Mikazuki responds by killing the pilot, then ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome surfing his mobile suit into the atmosphere as an improvised heat shield]]''.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': An enemy pilot deliberately tries to keep the Barbatos from returning to the shuttle in the hopes of destroying it; Mikazuki responds by killing the pilot, then ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome surfing his mobile suit into the atmosphere as an improvised heat shield]]''.shield.


* The original cut of ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' started out with a retired Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov space diving just because they're bored.
* In the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot film Kirk and Sulu drop from orbit onto the ''Narada'''s drill to disable it, but fail to stop Vulcan's destruction.

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The original cut of ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' started out with a retired Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov space diving just because they're bored.
* ** In the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot film ''Film/StarTrek2009'', Kirk and Sulu drop from orbit onto the ''Narada'''s drill to disable it, but fail to stop Vulcan's destruction.

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* In older versions of ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'', before reentry heating was implemented, it was possible for a kerbal without a spacecraft to survive reentry (but [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou the impact was usually fatal]]). There are also mods that give escape pods similar to the ones described in the RealLife section.

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[[quoteright:350:[[WebComic/AMiracleOfScience https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/miracle_of_science_reentry_without_spacecraft_7.png]]]][[caption-width-right:350:[[DeadpanSnarker Oh, the old 'Wings-of-fire' trick, seen it a thousand times.]]]]


Compare ReentryScare and contrast FrictionlessReentry.

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Compare ReentryScare and contrast FrictionlessReentry.
FrictionlessReentry and ItsRainingMen.


* ''Comicbook/AtomicRobo'': In ''The Ghost of Station X'', Robo's experimental plane turned spacecraft is destroyed and he uses the largest piece as an improvised heat shield. Being a robot helps him survive long enough for the Action Scientists to catch him with the launch assist plane.



* In Creator/AllenSteele's ''Literature/OrbitalDecay'', it's mentioned early on that the space station has some personal heat sheilds, although even the manufacturer admits that it's more likely to kill you than save you. At the end, a near-suicidal Popeye takes one and bails out.

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* In Creator/AllenSteele's ''Literature/OrbitalDecay'', it's mentioned early on that the space station has some personal heat sheilds, shiilds, although even the manufacturer admits that it's more likely to kill you than save you. At the end, a near-suicidal Popeye takes one and bails out.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrek'' parody ''Stone Trek'', the transporter is [[StonePunk simply a hole]] that opens in the transporter pad, [[RuleOfFunny dropping the away team onto the planet surface]].


* ''Series/DoctorWho'' In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] the Doctor and Clara get to the planet Trenzalore by orbiting it, then turning off the TARDIS engines and letting gravity take its course.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Series/DoctorWho''
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In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] the Doctor and Clara get to the planet Trenzalore by orbiting it, then turning off the TARDIS engines and letting gravity take its course.course.
** The Doctor does an accidental version in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe]]" when a spaceship disintegrates around him, and he has to get into a spacesuit while simultaneously falling to the Earth. HilarityEnsues.


* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Extreme Risk", B'Elanna Torres is shown doing orbital skydiving from 300 kilometers in a thermal suit covered in tiny tiles like a walking space shuttle, before the ProsceniumReveal showing she's actually in a holodeck simulation.

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Extreme Risk", B'Elanna Torres is shown doing orbital skydiving from 300 kilometers up, in a thermal suit covered in tiny tiles like a walking space shuttle, before shuttle (before the ProsceniumReveal showing she's actually in a holodeck simulation.simulation).

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Extreme Risk", B'Elanna Torres is shown doing orbital skydiving from 300 kilometers in a thermal suit covered in tiny tiles like a walking space shuttle, before the ProsceniumReveal showing she's actually in a holodeck simulation.

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* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. Mike Donovan and Martin are fugitives inside the Visitor spacecraft when Martin finds a means of escape. Because their spacecraft spend a lot of time [[OminousFloatingSpaceship parked in the atmosphere]], automatic-deploying parachutes were stashed on the lower decks as an emergency escape system. [[TemptingFate It so happens]] that Donovan had recently mentioned [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes he had a fear of parachuting]] after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War. Martin ends up shoving Donovan down the escape chute first just to make sure he jumps.


** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'': Wing Zero and Altron still continue to fight as they enter the atmosphere. Despite Wing Zero's wings capable of being used as heat shields, it took too much damage trying to readjust Altron's posture so it doesn't burn to a crisp, which ultimately resulted in Zero's destruction.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'': Wing Zero and Altron still continue to fight as they enter the atmosphere. Despite Wing Zero's wings capable of being able to be used as heat shields, it took too much damage trying to readjust Altron's posture so it doesn't burn to a crisp, which ultimately resulted in Zero's destruction.


** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': Kira grabs a piece of spaceship debris left from the battle and uses it as a heat shield. This keeps him alive barely long enough for the ''[[CoolStarship Archangel]]'', which unlike his Strike Gundam is designed for reentry, to maneuver beneath him and allow him to land on top of its hull. Kira only barely survives the experience, needing emergency medical attention once they've landed.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': Kira grabs a piece of spaceship debris left from the battle and uses it as a heat shield. This keeps him alive barely long enough for the ''[[CoolStarship Archangel]]'', which which, unlike his Strike Gundam Gundam, is designed for reentry, to maneuver beneath him and allow him to land on top of its hull. Kira only barely survives the experience, needing emergency medical attention once they've landed.


** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': An enemy pilot deliberately tries to keep the Barbatos from returning to the shuttle in the hopes of destroying it; Mikazuki responds by killing the pilot, then using his mecha as a heat shield.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': An enemy pilot deliberately tries to keep the Barbatos from returning to the shuttle in the hopes of destroying it; Mikazuki responds by killing the pilot, then using ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome surfing his mecha mobile suit into the atmosphere as a an improvised heat shield.shield]]''.

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