A team of seamstresses at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California work to make various items for spacecrafts.
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FROM NASA: Meet a ‘Spacecraft Dressmaker’
Lien Pham sometimes thinks of herself as a “spacecraft dressmaker.”
She’s been making thermal blankets at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for 16 years. Just as clothing can be sewn too tight or too loose, thermal blankets — the glinting material each spacecraft is wrapped in to regulate its temperature — have to be cut to form. A thermal blanket has to provide just the right amount of heat — not too much and not too little — for the spacecraft to operate correctly.
Pham is a member of Flight Technicians Services, a group at JPL that contributes to all stages of spacecraft assembly. Her particular team, which designs and fabricates the protective thermal blankets, is called the shield shop.
At JPL, a place known for complex engineering, Pham has a different background: she began her career as a seamstress after her family immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam. Her experience behind a sewing machine has informed how she makes thermal blankets.
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Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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