Right now, there’s a printer spinning around the earth, some 250 nautical miles up in the sky on the International Space Station.
This printer is no ordinary device. The HP ENVY ISS Printer was built and tested (and tested and tested) specifically to perform in space.
Why? Because even in in this technology-driven era, on one of the most technologically sophisticated creations humans have ever engineered, NASA scientists know that in an emergency, printed instructions are a better bet than a computer every time. The ENVY ISS Printer is used to print out the protocols for emergencies so that the most updated versions, stored carefully in a binder, are always within arm’s reach. The astronauts also use the printer to make hard copies of their notes about the research projects they’re pursuing, so none of that irreplaceable data is lost.