HOUSTON – The first of about 20 planned small plastic parts, or coupons, emerged last week from Made in Space Inc., the 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in September. The printer served as a prototype for a space additive manufacturing capability that may one day become an essential part of NASA’s tool kit for human deep space exploration. The initial demonstration on Nov. 24 produced a small,  off-white faceplate for the printer itself. The ...

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