NASA Tunnels, NASA Humor

Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008



Ps, in case you're wondering whether we actually have an anti-gravity machine here at Ames (like most people think NASA and ESA have somewhere), we don't. In fact, that machine doesn't exist. Or hmm, actually it does, but its called the ISS, and its in Low Earth Orbit. The big inlet you see in above image is part of the large windtunnel here at Ames.



Anton Lyaskin said...

Hi Xander!

Actually you're not right about anti-gravity machine - NASA does have one :) I don't remember the right name for it, something like "bla-bla-bla simulator". It is much like aircraft simulator (cabin with hydraulics to tilt it), but it moves along the rails in a huge tower, simulating zero-g by falling down. Well, the time is limited of course (just a few seconds).

alexander said...

Ah, you're right. At least in Europe I know of the ZARM droptower. True, its a couple of seconds weightlessness. Not exactly an anti-gravity switch, but the ISS is neither, so I guess that counts ;-)

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