ICYMI: Haynes alloy makes to Mars
Haynes alloy used to land NASA rover on Mars
Special metal was melted in Kokomo at company's plant on Defenbaugh St.
For at least the next few centuries, a little piece of Kokomo will be laying quietly on the red surface of Mars, located about 128 million miles from the city.
That’s because a special alloy made at Haynes International was used on the Sky Crane thrusters that lowered NASA’s Perseverance rover onto the planet on Thursday to search for ancient signs of life.
Keith Kruger, senior marketing manager at Haynes, said after the crane dropped off the rover, it sped off and crashed, on purpose, somewhere on Mars.
And that means the thrusters made from Haynes 230 alloy, that was melted at its plant on West Defenbaugh Street, will rest comfortably on the Red Planet far into the future.
“It’s not going to rust there,” Kruger said. “It’s such an environmentally resistant material that it will hold up for centuries.”
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