World's Largest Vacuum Chamber
The Space Power Facility at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, houses the world's largest vacuum chamber. It measures 100 feet in diameter and is a towering 122 feet tall. The facility is currently undergoing construction to support Orion crew exploration vehicle testing in 2010.
Making its first flights early in the next decade, Orion is part of the Constellation Program to send human explorers back to the moon, and then onward to Mars and other destinations in the solar system. Orion also will carry crew and cargo to the International Space Station.
For more information on the project, read World's Largest Vacuum Chamber Gets an Extreme Makeover.
Image Credit: NASA/Michelle Murphy (WYLE)