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Lab Spotlight: NASA Langley - Materials Research Laboratory

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Langley researchers use this facility to better understand and improve the durability of structures and materials. The results of this research are used to make current and next-generation aircraft and spacecraft safer and more efficient. An aluminum lithium alloy characterized in this lab led to the redesign of the Space Shuttle’s external fuel tank to incorporate the material, significantly reducing weight and operating costs.

In this photo, courtesy of NASA, technician Steve Whit performs a fit-up on the crew module skin.

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