Star Trekking: We Humans Can Beam Tools Into Space Without A Transporter

Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore holds up a 3-D-printed rachet, the first such tool made in space. Credit: NASA

Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore holds up a 3-D-printed rachet, the first such tool made in space. Credit: NASA

In the 1960s, we thought the best way of sending stuff between Earth and space was through a transporter. These days, turns out all it takes is an e-mail and a special 3-D printer. The first tool created in space, a rachet, was made last week on the International Space Station using plans beamed from Earth. Now, we get to see if it actually works.

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