What kind of solar panels does NASA use?

By Steven Bushong NASA astronaut Scott Kelly working outside the International Space Station on Nov. 6, 2015. Photo: NASA
“What kind of solar panels does NASA actually use?” was the question we had after watching Matt Damon haul clunky panels with tragically inefficient design around Mars in the space thriller “The Martian.”
For an answer, we turned to researchers at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The campus houses a center for photovoltaic research used in space energy production, among a multitude of other research projects. Altogether, more than 100 buildings occupy 350 acres beyond the NASA-emblazoned hanger visible from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Facilities

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