Researchers studying how various materials perform in long-duration exposure to the space environment will get a ride on the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B reusable unpiloted spaceplane’s next flight, NASA said May 6. Almost 100 different materials coupons the size of U.S. 25-cent coins will ride to orbit on the next X-37B mission in the civilian space agency’s Materials Exposure and Technology Innovation in Space (Metis) experiment, a follow-on to the Materials on International ...

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