Friday, 27 April 2018

Stainless Steel - blasting off into space.

It was in the early 1960’s when mankind first left Earth’s atmosphere and entered the darkness of space. NASA utilised stainless steel components in the spacecraft from each of its three manned spaceflight programs {Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo}

Due to stainless steel’s exceptional resistance to temperature, it was one of the key materials used to construct the heat shield which protected the craft and the astronauts inside from the extreme heat endured in flight. As the decade drew to a close, Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The lunar module - the vehicle which carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin down to the lunar surface - included multiple stainless steel parts. This was just of many ways in which stainless steel pushed civilisation forward into a new age of innovation.

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