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NASA engineers use Super Bowl to decode aerodynamics

Aerodynamics is the study of how air and liquids, referred to collectively as “fluids,” flow around objects.

  1. Aerodynamics engineers including an Indian-origin scientist are studying sports balls
  2. To learn lessons in aerodynamics that will help build aircrafts more earth-friendly and allow spacecrafts to take the most efficient route to Mars in the future
  3. By understanding how fluids flow around basic shapes such as cylinders and spheres
  4. NASA’s engineers predict how even minor alterations in these basic shapes change flow patterns and events like Super Bowl come handy
  5. The way air moves around different shapes plays a significant role in the flight of all sports balls

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