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Science Ink #5 - "Satellite"

ByCarl ZimmerThe Secret Life of Scientists and EngineersThe Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

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.

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“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.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.