Grabbing Hold and Letting Go: The Exploding Bolts That Bring Us to Space

The story of heroic fasteners that will get us to the moon and back

Popular Science
Mar 28, 2019 · 12 min read
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration deputy administrator, Dava Newman, visited the Orion medium fidelity mockup with Orion program manager, Mark Geyer, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Photo: NASA

By Ryan Bradley

From the next room, through a thick granite wall, comes a chug-a-chug-a-chug-a, like an old steam train closing in. Rounding the corner, I see the source of the racket: a table, shaking…

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