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Nov

Science Ink #5 – “Satellite”

The latest “Science Ink” provides a closer look at the forearm of Terrance Yee, an aerospace engineer who wears tattoos of the satellites he has helped build – like the DSX spacecraft, pictured here, which travels around the Earth in an oval-like orbit that takes it through belts of intense radiation that surround our planet. The satellite is equipped with devices that can remove radiation, which might be used to protect satellite from nuclear attacks.

“Satellite - Photos and Text Courtesy of “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed” by Carl Zimmer

“Small satellite missions are very demanding,” says Yee, “requiring total dedication to the mission and getting the job done on a tight budget and short schedule with really challenging new technology. In order to lead teams through this sort of development, you have to be 100% committed and very passionate about your endeavor. It can’t be just a job, but a calling, something that you recognize only a handful of people in the world are lucky enough to do. I’m inspired by the work I do and I hope the artwork I have inspires others to be as passionate as I am about space.”

Check out more tattoos in “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed” by Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer

    Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist. He is the author of twelve books, the most recent of which is “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.” His website is carlzimmer.com.