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Photos of the Day: Multi-Gas Monitor Keeps Astronauts Breathing

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:06pm
NASA/Johnson Space Center

This shoebox-sized, battery-powered monitor can measure the concentrations of multiple gases within the air inside of it in less than one second. Researchers designed the Multi-Gas Monitor to be resistant to shock and vibration so it can be used to maintain a safe environment inside spacecraft and in Earth-bound habitats.

This is the Multi-Gas Monitor with NanoRacks installation accessories. Credit: NASA

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Currently, the station has a full-time, rack-mounted analyzer, but this new, portable device might one day function as a back-up. The Multi-Gas Monitor also adds the capability of monitoring water vapor aboard the station, a factor in crew comfort.

This is the Multi-Gas Monitor display showing four gas concentrations along with temperature and pressure. Credit: NASA

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