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Astronauts Lost in Space Could Be Rescued By New 'Take Me Home' Button
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A “Take Me Home” button recently patented by engineers to be integrated into astronauts’ space suits will allow anyone who becomes separated from their Space Station a la Gravity to automatically propel themselves back to safety. The new technology, reportedly being developed at Draper Labs, has to be able to pinpoint a “precise location” in a particularly challenging environment: in outer space, there is no GPS. “Giving astronauts a sense of direction and orientation in space is a challenge because there is no gravity and no easy way to determine which way is up and down,” Kevin Duda, an engineer at Draper, said in the company’s press release last week. read more
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