NASA to provide an update on cryotank testing for deep-space exploration

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) –  NASA is expected to share some insight on their efforts to advance deep-space exploration.

Workers at Marshall Space Flight Center are conducting a series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured.

The first round of tests on the tank just wrapped up.

NASA is expected to provide an update Tuesday on those tests.

The tank arrived at Marshall Space Flight Center back on March 26 aboard NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft.

The Boeing Company built the tank in the Seattle area before it made the trip to Huntsville.

The tank is being called a potential game changer because it could save a lot of money and reduce the weight of future launch vehicles.

Workers at Marshall also just finished testing out a 3-D printer that will be sent to the International Space Station later this year.

Workers are expected to show off a 3-D printer similar to that one Tuesday and explain how it will work in space.