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Astronomy & Space

Glass materials are critical in the development of space exploration technology. Cameras installed on satellites and rovers use lenses that can withstand the extreme conditions of space. Telescopes require optical glass with interference filters to analyze narrow spectral regions of starlight while accurately blocking out unwanted wavelengths. NASA even uses a porous glass substrate as the base for a coating that protects space shuttles during atmospheric reentry. Learn how specialty glass components fuel space exploration technology.