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What Is This? A Long, Lost Painting by Joan Miro?

Hints: John Glenn had one on his historic flight. The colors were added to distinguish distance from the camera.

By Andrew GrantMarch 8, 2010 6:00 AM
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Image: Dr Rebekah R. Helton/Photo Courtesy of Nikon Small World | NULL

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Answer: A stopwatch

This micrograph image shows the color-coded spring and gears of a mechanical stopwatch, a design now largely replaced by digital models. In 1962 astronaut John Glenn was wearing a Heuer stopwatch aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft when he became the first American to orbit Earth.

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