Expedition 41′s Barry Wilmore installs 3D printer in International Space Station

November 18, 2014 8:03 PM

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Expedition 41′s Barry Wilmore installs 3D printer in International Space Station

Wasting little time since it arrived at the International Space Station (ISS), the Expedition 41 crew has installed a Made In Space-produced 3D printer in the station’s Microgravity Science Glovebox. The space station’s current commander, NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, spent a good portion of Monday, Nov. 17 to install the device. The U.S. Space Agency hopes that the printer will validate procedures which could help future crews, on long duration missions be more self sufficient.

The printer was sent to the station atop a Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) Falcon 9 V1.1 rocket. It was included in the payload carried aloft by the Dragon spacecraft carrying out the SpX-4 mission on Sept. 21, 2014. Its safe arrival to the station represented the culmination of the effort...

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