Re: (Mercury) Atlas Rocket question

Gary Slater

So, chrome wouldn't work. Its too bright. ??

On Jan 12, 2019, at 11:07 AM, Greg Smith <gregs@...> wrote:

It’s stainless steel plate. Pretty much the same as some of the shiny tank trucks you see on the highway. It’s a VERY difficult finish to duplicate with any kind of paint or foil wrap. A little different color and texture than aluminum.






From: [] On Behalf Of Gary Slater
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:23 AM
Subject: [cia-rocketry] (Mercury) Atlas Rocket question


Since we aren't flying today, I am doing other rocket related things today. 


I really feel like I should know this already.  But I don't and I cannot find an answer.

If you know, say so.  I would like to see who knows the answer to my question.

But let's be honest, if you don't know, I would appreciate your honesty in stating so as well.  I hope not to be only one who doesn't know.  


The question:  

What was the skin on the Atlas rockets made of that made them so shiny?  


Thank you, gary.


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