Chainmail was a form of armor popular during Medieval times that consists of hundreds of small metal rings linked together to form armor. While better protection has long made it obsolete, NASA has reimagined its potential as a way to protect astronauts during space travel. Of course, they're not piecing it together like the people of yesteryear – they're printing it out.
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