As I stood watching the static loads test of the MAVEN spacecraft structure, my thoughts went back to my high school physics class, where we built bridges out of balsa wood. To see which bridge was the strongest, the teacher applied a force to the center until the bridge broke. Each student would cringe as the pressure increased, waiting for the sound of splintering wood. I had that same feeling now.
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