This simple device surprises many in a number of simple uses it can have, which include, finger splinting, bite blocking, applying ointment, and testing gag reflex. Furthermore, that is just the beginning of the uses of a Tongue Depressor. With so many ways this simple tool could be a valuable instrument for the mission to Mars. I would create this with the material NYLON because this material is cheap while also being durable and slightly flexible. Overall I believe that the ability to create a Tongue Depressor is essential on the long journey to Mars.
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