(ORDO NEWS) — On social networks, users who stumbled upon a photo of the Curiosity rover demonstrate their surprise. So, many were confused by the quality of open wire ties: they look like ordinary items from a hardware store. Some decided that the pictures were fake, but their authenticity was confirmed.
The attention of users was drawn to the cable ties. As noted in NASA, these elements are indeed used to protect open cables. Outwardly, they are similar to those found in standard hardware stores. At the same time, their characteristics are completely different: products can easily withstand travels of 560 million km, temperature rise up to 1500 ° C, as well as intense ultraviolet radiation.
Bleeding edge technology machine on another planet is saved by zip ties😂 pic.twitter.com/G3rPdODjNe
— Toby Li (@tobyliiiiiiiiii) February 22, 2021
The screeds, although simple in appearance, are made from Tefzel ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) resin. No plastic is used. Previously, the products were in aquamarine color in order to differ from the standard solutions. Now, on request, the color can be any.
Thus, the engineers thought through everything to the smallest detail before launching expensive equipment to another planet. However, it could not be otherwise.
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