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Perseverance: Engineering the Mars 2020 Rover

We — not as a nation but as humans — will not give up. The human race will always persevere into the future. — Alexander Mather, winner of the “Name the Rover” essay contest  The spacecraft carrying NASA’s Perseverance rover entered the Martian atmosphere traveling over 12,000 miles per hour. Thrusters kept the spacecraft on …

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5 Essential Soft Skills for Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers are often known more for their skilled handling of machinery than their way with words. Yet for every finished product that comes across the assembly line, there’s an engineer communicating ideas, conveying expectations and coordinating efforts with team members and stakeholders. What’s said in a few choice words can be as important as …

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Jet Engines: How Are They Made?

Sitting in the window seat of a passenger plane, it’s easy — and often necessary, if you’re a nervous flyer — to ignore the roar of the turbojet engines. Yet an incredible amount of engineering goes into making these machines powerful, efficient and safe.   The fan of a jet engine draws in just a fraction …

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