Although the physics in a heat pipe are not really that remarkable, it is indeed a great invention. And it is a very good example of applied physics, and indeed it is a very good way to introduce people to physics. The aluminum rod melting through the copper penny is another one, but it is much more complex to set up, and the explanation of how it works is more likely to produce a blank stare.
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used in Orion Spacecraft, part of NASA's Mars mission. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.
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