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Detail of the damaged, open end of the tank.

Picture 3 of 5.

The tank's pressure vessel appears to be metallic, with a fiberglass-type outer winding, similar to the composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV) tanks later used on the Space Shuttle and by SpaceX (where it was concluded that COPVs contributed to a September 1, 2016 on-pad explosion).

Skylab oxygen tank which survived reentry at U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Time picture taken Tue Dec 27 16:30:34 2005
Location picture taken Space Hall
"Old" Museum
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Huntsville, AL
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