Photos: Inside NASA Ames

Photos: Inside NASA Ames

Summary: As the shuttle program turns 25, NASA opened its facilities for a peek into the development of the shuttles and their successor.

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  • Testing surfaces

    At the NASA Ames Research Center outside Sunnyvale, Calif., Christine Heincke sorts out the serpent's nest of water hoses making up the cooling system for the arc jet. Testing surface materials for spacecrafts, the jet sends hot gas at supersonic speeds, reaching up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Physical testing

    Despite supercomputing powers, physical testing is needed to know whether spacecrafts can deal with the air pressure when re-entering the earth atmosphere.

  • Supercomputer

    The NASA Ames supercomputer can perform 61 trillion operations per second, making it the fourth most powerful computer in the world. Besides spacecraft development it is used for hurricane forecasts and predict the merging of black holes.

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