Epcot’s Spaceship Earth is truly a unique piece of construction!
The icon weighs in at 16 million pounds. That’s more than three times that of a space shuttle fully fueled and ready for launch. The outer “skin” of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles that expand and contract in the Florida weather. The structure is held aloft by 6 massive support beams that are each anchored 100 feet into the ground.
Walt Disney Imagineering consulted with a host of individuals during the planning and creation of Spaceship Earth. Among them was acclaimed Science Fiction writer Ray Bradbury.
Also, did you know that rainwater never falls off the sphere? It’s channeled into the ball and funneled away to replenish the World Showcase Lagoon.