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NASA space tech makes it to Oscars

MNA Science & Tech Desk: The company that takes credit for the shine in the coveted Oscar trophy is using a gold coating technology that NASA has helped it improve, the US space agency has said.

“Our telescopes and the #Oscars trophies are both plated with the same gold!” NASA said in a tweet.

Brooklyn-based Epner Technology has been using the improved technique for its varied commercial clients, NASA said in a statement released over the weekend.

In 2016, Epner’s reputation for durable and brilliant gold coatings, built in part through its many years working for NASA, brought a new client — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy was awestruck that Epner Technology was giving them a plating technique that had been used for gold in space for 30, 35 years, company president David Epner said.

For more than three decades, a trophy manufacturer had been casting the Oscars in a tin alloy and then plated them with gold. They shone — but the coating wore off

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