Loupes are essential tools in dentistry, but they’re vital in space exploration too. On July 18, a dozen DenMat PeriOptix Panoramic loupes were packed onto the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida as part of the Dragon’s ninth resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The astronauts on board the ISS will use the flip-up loupes in various scientific experiments and maintenance tasks. According to DenMat, NASA chose these loupes because they are lightweight and can be shared among crew members for the next few years. Four additional loupes are being kept on earth to help train future ISS crew members.