Zooming In

Female engineer in white labcoat sits at desk and works in lab.

Inside Northrop Grumman’s metallography lab in Redondo Beach, California, Engineer Kate Nabours and her colleagues uncover mission-critical details that are imperceptible to most people. Harnessing ultra-powerful microscopes, the close-knit team of technicians and engineers hunts for potential flaws in the microstructures — grain-like patterns visible only when magnified — of metals, alloys and other materials used in engine components, spacecraft and other products.

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