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Shell Buckling Test

December 18, 2013

NASA completed a series of high-tech can-crushing tests as an enormous fuel tank crumbled under the pressure of almost a million pounds of force, all in the name of building lighter, more affordable rockets. The rare test with an aluminum-lithium cylinder as large as a full-size rocket fuel tank was conducted inside the structural test area at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Credit: NASA/MSFC

[ Read the Article: Huge Fuel Tank Crushed By NASA Engineers To Build Better Rockets ]