Finding Rainbows in the Fire

 Thomas wears an orange safety uniform and a colorfully graffitied face shield while welding at an industrial workstation

Welder Thomas Gibson honed his skills in the U.S. Navy, repairing ship hulls while stationed in Japan. Today, as a welder at Northrop Grumman’s site in Charlotte, North Carolina, Thomas has a hard job, literally: he welds iridium, the second-densest material on Earth, in support of the company’s laser crystal production.

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