NASA assisting with hurricane recovery

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - NASA created something to help high schoolers with robotics, but now they've now realized it can help people get through a natural disaster.

After Hurricane Michael hit, NASA decided to deploy its mobile machine shop which provides machining and welding services.

They hired locals with a background in those fields to help operate the truck.

NASA officials say they realized the tool could help save lives in a time of need.

"If you have a building collapse and you have people inside, you don't have electricity, you don't have power to get your equipment up and running, we have a 20 kilowatt diesel generator on board, if we're here locally, we can provide that power like we are today to the welder," said robotics program manager at Goddard's Space Flight Center, Robert Thate.

The NASA truck has been down here for about two weeks but they'll soon be wrapping up their visit.