When the job demands ingenuity, NASA engineers whip gadgets worthy of James Bond.

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All of these compact contraptions arise from the unique demands of challenging tasks in utterly inhospitable environments, and they require innovation, imagination, and pure technological prowess-a list that could call to mind only one federal agency. "People usually ask me how we approach things. If there's a tough problem, we need to get outside the box and think of an innovative approach that will work," says Goddard's John Vranish. "We'll dig in and find a way to do it. In the end, it has to be on budget and on time, but it also has to be superior. It has to work as required and at all costs not fail."

Q would wholeheartedly agree.

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