Into Space with Origami
Origami patterns are called, 'The Work of Origami.' Not only are they beautiful, they're also helpful in daily life too.
On March 18th 1995, an H- rocket No.3 was launched. Origami technique helped the scientists to discover a new way to fold and unfold the solar power array.
An enormous (array) was folded into a small (shape) to pack and carry it in the rocket. Then in outer space, it unfolds and lets all the parts of the satellite form. It is called Miura Ori. In honor of Professor Koryo Miura, from Tokyo University, it was made.
The reason why Miura Ori was used for the solar panel was because it folds and unfolds instantly just by pushing it in one direction.
This experiment was also known as, 'Outer Space Experiment with Origami.'
After a year of experimenting, the satellite was successfully caught by space shuttle No.72 Endeavor and safely landed in (Kennedy Space Base) on January 20, 1996.