Test of patch for repairing holes on Space Station

Test of patch for repairing holes on Space Station

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Caption: Test of a patch designed to repair holes in the skin of the US Freedom Space Station. A major concern among Space Station designers is the impact of tiny pieces of debris, called micrometeorites. These may be cosmic or man-made in origin, ranging from a few centimetres to less than a millimetre in size. Ground-based radar systems will soon be able to track particles which will threaten the Space Station to allow avoidance or capture, but some smaller undetectable objects may puncture the skin. This will then require either an astronaut or one of the Space Station's robots to effect a repair using this Boeing- designed patch.

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