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NASA Thermal Coatings Engineer Nithin Abraham removes samples treated with a patent-pending adsorber from specimen-storage cabinets at the Smithsonian’s Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland, a sprawling storage facility that holds more than 54-million collection items. Credits: Chris Gunn/NASA

MAC coating investigated for protecting smithsonian specimens

A coating developed by Goddard engineers to guard highest-profile space observatories against potentially harmful molecular contamination is now getting evolution. The coating will now be...