A precious material
«We must use another metal instead of cast-iron.»
«Brass?» suggested Morgan.
«No, that is too heavy too, and I have something better than that to propose.»
«What?» asked the Mayor.
«Aluminium» answered Barbicane.
«Aluminium!» cried all the three colleagues of the President.
(“From the earth to the moon”, Jules Verne, 1865)
To build the spaceship able to reach the moon Jules Verne chose the aluminium.
Lightness and resistance, these were the qualities that in 1865, in “From the Earth to the Moon”, make them opt for the silvery white material.