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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  • 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.

  • Wind tunnels

    There used to be 26 wind tunnels at the NASA Ames Research Center, now only two remain. Most of the tests have been replaced by computer simulations.

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