The Vertical Assembly Center

Roque Corona/ September 19, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

For more than 50 years, NASA has relied on welding to make the impossible possible. Launching satellites into orbit, sending probes to distance planets, and even landing a man on the moon – none of it would have been possible with advances in the field of welding. Today, NASA is poised to take their next big step into deep space

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Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Roque Corona/ July 8, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 13 comments

At 800 miles long, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline has been described as one of the most historic welding and construction projects in history. For three years, tens of thousands of welders braved the harsh climate and terrain of Alaska’s wilderness to weld together the 48-inch diameter of the pipeline. And since then, more than 17 billion barrels of oil have flowed

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Space Shuttle External Tank

Roque Corona/ May 15, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 3 comments

For 30 years, the Space Shuttle stood as the beacon of American spaceflight. Between 1981 and 2011, a total of 135 missions were launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Thanks to the Space Shuttle, numerous satellites and interplanetary probes were launched (including the Hubble Space Telescope), important science experiments were conducted in orbit, and the International Space Station was

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Disney’s Spaceship Earth

Roque Corona/ May 15, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

“Like a grand and miraculous spaceship, our planet has sailed through the universe of time. And for a brief moment, we have been among its many passengers.” So goes the opening line for the nearly 32-year-old attraction at Disney’s Epcot Center: Spaceship Earth. At 182 feet tall, Spaceship Earth stands as one of Disney Imagineering’s most iconic structures ever built.

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Cloud Gate

Roque Corona/ May 15, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 3 comments

Standing thirty-three feet high and sixty-six feet long, Cloud Gates has become one of Chicago’s most iconic structures. Known by many as “the bean” (because of it’s resemblance to the tiny legume), the sculpture was designed by British artist Anish Kapoor. But it was brought to life thanks to the hard work of more than 100 metal fabricators, engineers, technicians,

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