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.
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.