Not exactly Rocket Science

Before computers could generate predictions of how various spacecraft designs would fare, say, during a fiery reentry from space, NASA used some more basic methods. In selecting the ultimate design for the Mercury capsule, engineers used now-antiquated techniques. They dropped scale models from towers and put them in wind tunnels. Engineers jumped on full scale capsules in a pool. Sometimes they went back to basics and poked various models with sticks.  For a program focussed on getting men into space, it wasn’t all rocket science.

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