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In Praise of NASA's Nerds

The future of space exploration depends on human ingenuity and not-so-simple machines.

Thanks, dudes.

Photographer: Aubrey Gemignani/Courtesy of NASA

It's an enduring image of the American space age: a roomful of jubilant nerds, cheering wildly at some far-distant accomplishment, while the NASA emblem in the background confers a sense of civic triumph.

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