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September 14, 2012

Clove Hitches on Mars

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
Maybe the last place you'd expect to get use out of the six basic Scout knots is on a multi-billion Dollar piece of equipment travelling across the surface of another planet. However, dfred over at the International Guild of Knot Tyers forum has noticed that the Curiosity Mars rover has cable bundles that are tied down with clove hitches fastened by reef knots, and has even uncovered the NASA standard covering the fastening of cables. Head over to the discussion thread for more detail.

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