National Welding Month 2018
To boldly go where no one has gone before…
Welding is also crucial in our efforts to explore the Final Frontier. Experiments with the viability of welding in vacuums and zero Gs were first conducted in 1969. Soviet cosmonauts G. Shonin and V. Kubasov of the Soyuz-6 mission did this historic first. They found that although the challenges of welding in space were great, with the correct gear it is possible to make welds that are as good as those made on solid ground.
Welding is used to assemble spacecraft on the ground as well as in orbit. Even as we expand out beyond the safety of our pale blue dot, this skill remains crucial. The American Welding Society even has special courses for welding in outer space!
Welding has been crucial to human civilization for thousands of years. In that time it has gone from creating nails to launching spaceships. We hope that this little jaunt back through history has given you an appreciation for everything that welders do and mean for society. We also would like to extend our thanks to welders for everything that they do, and wish them continued success in building a brighter future for us all!