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NES Video Chat: Space Junk
December 13, 2011

Date: Dec. 13, 2011
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m. EST
Guest: Danielle Margiotta
STEM Topic: Engineering Design Process
Career: Contamination Engineering - Giving spacecraft and satellites the capability to manage encounters with space junk
NASA Explorer Schools held a live video chat on Dec. 13, 2011 with Danielle Margiotta who answered questions about how NASA engineers prepare satellites to endure the harsh environment of space.

Danielle Margiotta has to deal with a lot of junk. It's not like the type of junk sitting around in your garage or on your bedroom floor, but space junk. When NASA engineers prepare a satellite for launch, they have to consider many things. One of those things is how a satellite will function when it encounters dust, debris and space junk floating in space.

You are probably used to the excitement that comes with the launch of a satellite. But have you ever thought about the planning, building and testing that goes on long before the launch? This chat with Margiotta was a great opportunity for students to ask questions of a NASA engineer about how a satellite is prepared for the harsh environment of space.

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