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Without These Engineering Tricks Spacecraft Would Die Out There

Space is an extreme environment. With the severe temperatures, endless debris, and harsh radiation, how do spacecraft survive?

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Surviving Extreme Conditions In Space
http://m.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Extreme_space/Surviving_extreme_conditions_in_space
“Space is one of the most extreme environments imaginable. Above the insulating atmosphere of the Earth, spacecraft are subjected to extremes of temperature, both hot and cold, and a significantly increased threat of radiation damage.”

Ted Cruz: US Satellites Are Vulnerable to ‘Truly Chilling’ Enemy Attack
https://www.seeker.com/space/ted-cruz-us-satellites-are-vulnerable-to-truly-chilling-enemy-attack
“The comments by Cruz — who didn’t elaborate on the type or extent of the investment required — mirror those made recently by several high-ranking American military officials, who have stressed that the nation needs to prepare for a war that extends into space.”

Spying from Space: How the CIA Recovered Film From Secret Satellites
https://www.seeker.com/videos/spying-from-space-how-the-cia-recovered-film-from-secret-satellites
“So, the US needed a satellite that could take pictures! The thing is, a U-2 flight eventually lands– the film in the cameras could be taken out and developed. If we launch a satellite, we needed a way to get the film from space to intelligence officers. This had never been done before.”
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