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NASA was sold faulty aluminum in 19-year scam which cost agency $700 million

NASA is staffed with some of the brightest minds in engineering, astronomy and mathematics. You wouldn’t expect anyone to even attempt to pull the wool over the agency’s eyes — much less get away with it — but that’s exactly what one company managed to do for nearly two decades. A new report from the US Justice Department reveals that a company by the name of Sapa Profiles (now Hydro Extrusion Portland) falsified tests to make its products appear to be, well, not total garbage. But they were total garbage, and the faulty metal is now being blamed for a pair of high-profile failures that cost NASA hundreds of millions of dollars. As NASA explains in its own account of the matter, both the Glory mission (2011) and Orbiting Ca ...