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Astronaut Mike Massimino, wearing space gloves, practices using the power screwdriver. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Harsh Environment for Tools

If there's one place you need specialized tools, it's in outer space. So it was interesting for me to read about tools NASA designs and how NASA designs them. After trying out a variety of tools in area hardware stores, one NASA engineer decided to use the handle design on a DeWalt cordless drill for a new power screwdriver. The same engineer also used concepts behind air wrenches used by NASCAR pit crews to remove tires in building the screwdriver.

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