With all the talk about how hard it is to get funding for missions into outer space, this might sound crazy: NASA covers many of its spacecraft in real gold. Dig a little deeper, however, and you'll realize it's not so crazy after all.
Not All That Glitters
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Written by Curiosity Staff September 30, 2016
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