Saturday, August 1, 2009

World's Largest Vacuum Chamber

This is the world's largest vacuum chamber - a gigantic 122 foot high aluminum cage designed to simulate the airless environment of space.

NASA uses it to test spaceship prototypes and create giant marshmallows. (One of those statements is a lie.) In addition to vacuum, it can heat or cool the environment from -260 to 175 degrees Fahrenheit (111 to 353 Kelvin).

I wouldn't want to have to replace the o-ring on that sucker!

1 comment:

xister said...

I always love your posts. Have you ever been to the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space? (I'm 98% sure you have since it is just far enough away to be interesting, but not close enough that it wouldn't be hard to get there.) I was there today, and I thought of how much you would like it at every turn.