The world's largest vacuum chamber

"The Space Power Facility at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, houses the world's largest vacuum chamber. It measures 100 feet in diameter and is a towering 122 feet tall. The facility is currently undergoing construction to support Orion crew exploration vehicle testing in 2010." [via] I think you can write a better caption.

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24 Responses to The world's largest vacuum chamber

  1. teuthis says:

    “NASA has high expectations for its new penis pump.”

  2. teflon says:

    How about: “Huge sucking sound, east of Toledo – NASA Research or Davis-Besse meltdown? Details at 11.”

  3. TJ S says:

    In a herculean attempt to measure the precise vapidness of reality TV, NASA has constructed the world’s largest vacuum chamber at the Space Power Facility in Sandusky, Ohio.
    Measuring 100 feet in diameter and over 120 feet in height, NASA engineers expect to be able to measure exactly 25% of the Fox Reality Channel’s vapaciousness, and then extrapolate that number to account for the remainder of reality television. This came only after plans to measure reality TV in its entirety were scrapped when the Australian government denied NASA’s request to use the Outback.

  4. ike says:

    I was wondering how they pumped it down and how long it took, and found that information here, through the comments thread on the [via] link:

    Now I just wonder what they patch leaks with.

  5. nexusheli says:

    Mrs. Teevee: [while waiting for Mike to appear on the screen] Why is it taking so long?
    Charlie Bucket: A million pieces take a long time to put together…

  6. ike says:

    …also, I would love to hear an audio recordings from this thing, especially from a microphone inside the chamber as it was re-pressurized at various rates.

  7. Mister Staal says:

    Wow, I didn’t know NASA sucked so much.

  8. smellison says:

    “With the intention of preparing troops for space battles, NASA has just begun training men in this, their prototype Danger Room.”

  9. Anonymous says:

    That a whole lot of nothing…

  10. Anonymous says:

    This week in gynecological science; A closer look at Madonna’s vadge.

  11. Shelby Davis says:

    Just when the Steve Austria post on BBmain starts make me feel really bummed out about my current home state, this comes along to restore my belief that this patch of prairie is not a complete waste.

  12. dculberson says:

    Redshirt, I believe the question is: How long would it stay coffee?

    Not very long.

  13. Halloween Jack says:

    “Professor X? These new uniforms suck.”

  14. arkizzle says:

    Oh this is definitely going on the Evil Villain property list. Do want.

    You could do some really nice secret-agent disposal in a vacuum chamber.


  15. bbonyx says:

    Did anyone else think of Mirror’s Edge when they looked at that pic?

  16. dustinmeyer says:

    “Enlarge your dong.”

  17. Johan Larson says:

    Some years back, I circulated a business plan for American Vacuum Corporation (AmVac) which was intended to manufacture and sell vacuum in convenient colourful containers ranging from lipstick-sized nanoVacs to bus-sized gigaVacs. I thought it was a plausible idea(*) — no crazier than selling pressurized air in cans, right? But I was unable to attract investors and after hearing every possible joke about “nothing”, gave up and took a respectable desk-job as a mortgage analyst.

    (*) Yes, really. We brainstormed several dozen uses for retail vacuum and included them in our report. If you google around, you should be able to find page 8 (Sexual Applications(**)), although after several rounds of meme-ing across multiple languages, it has mutated considerably.

    (**) It _starts_ with Hickies.

  18. dustinmeyer says:

    @ #18: Oops… you beat me.

  19. strider_mt2k says:

    I was thinking more “Oompa Loompas”.

    All I know is you touched the walls which now have to be sterilized so YOU LOSE.

    Good day sir!

  20. muteboy says:

    Intergalactic, planetary, planetary, intergalactic

  21. BritSwedeGuy says:


    Yes, I went there.

  22. claud9999 says:

    Perfect accessory to the biggest wind tunnels in the world, at NASA Ames. Largest cross-section is 80’x120′.

    See it off 101 just south of the Google campus, or find it on Google Earth/Maps.

    Given that the tunnels pulls air through the test chamber…I’ll leave it up to you to come up with your own double entendres.

  23. Prequarius says:

    wasn’t this from that movie called “inner space”? I also recall this shot from one of those old, lame intel commercials. I can almost see the blue man group poping out from around the corner.

  24. RedShirt77 says:

    If I leave a hot cup of coffee in there, how long would it stay hot?

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