Putting origami to use in space

Even though astronomy is my first love, sometimes I wander away and explore other science. This week, I attended a mechanical engineering conference and sat in on sessions specifically devoted to the influence of origami in engineering design. Lucky for me, there have been a few talks that combine this area of engineering with space-based applications.

One of the coolest was a compressible tube whose structure is based on origami folds. This type of tube (called a bellows) has all kinds o

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