Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 25

Aluminum

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 25, 2007 on The History Channel
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This useful metal was once considered more valuable than gold. Watch as aluminum is stretched, pounded, melted and turned into foam.
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      • Producing new aluminum from recycled aluminum scrap requires just 5% of the energy needed to create it from raw materials.

      • In 1972 a car on the road in America contained an average of 81 pounds of aluminum—by 2006 the average was 319 pounds.

      • At the point of contact, an aluminum bat generates up to four times the force on a baseball thrown at 90 miles per hour.

      • The Space Shuttle is not only made from aluminum, but also fueled by it. Each of its twin rocket boosters requires 1,000,000 pounds of fuel – 16% of which is solid aluminum powder.

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      • Narrator: Born in fiery furnaces it's the miracle material of spaceships and soda cans. Light enough to fly but tough enough to hit a baseball. It can protect and preserve or reflect and reveal the secrets of the universe. Stamped, melted, rolled or even foam, it has changed the world. Now: Aluminum, on Modern Marvels.

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