A NASA team, along with industry partners, successfully used the latest composite materials -- the same composites increasingly going into race cars, business jets and high-end sports equipment, to design, fabricate and lab test a full-scale representation of a space capsule. The Composite Crew Module underwent a series of lab tests that simulated the structural stresses of a typical space mission. Test results suggest that the composite material is a viable alternative to traditional metal capsules for carrying astronauts into space.
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