NASA just e-mailed a wrench to space

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When International Space Station  Commander Barry Wilmore needed a wrench,  NASA  knew just what to do. They “e-mailed” him one. This is the first time an object has been designed on Earth and then transmitted to space for manufacture. Made In Space, the California company that designed the 3D printer aboard the ISS, overheard Wilmore mentioning the need for a ratcheting socket wrench and decided to create one.  Previously, if an astronaut needed a specific tool it would have to be flown up on the next mission to the ISS , which could take months. This isn’t the first 3D-printed object made in space , but it is the first created to meet the needs of an astronaut. In November astronauts aboard the ISS printed a replacement part for the recently installed 3D printer. A total of 21 objects have now been printed in space, all of which will be brought back to Earth for testing. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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