Science In The Extremes S2 • E4

Can We Perform Surgery in Space? - Science In The Extremes





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Published on Apr 11, 2018

Dr. George Pantalos and his team pioneer futuristic surgical tools for operations on astronauts and test them on NASA's zero-gravity plane.

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