Engineers aerodynamics, including a scientist of Indian origin are studying sports balls to learn the lessons of aerodynamics that will help build more earth-friendly aircraft and allow the spacecraft to take the most efficient route to Mars in future.
What is the best way to throw a football? Why curve curveball, knuckle why?
Researchers can demonstrate the science behind these complex questions using relatively simple visual models liquids flowing on sports balls in small test facility at NASA.
A football team has the shape of a wing and more aerodynamic than a round ball so the flow is very different.
When a quarterback throws the ball, which should be ideally thrown in a spiral with a high turnover rate also helps to stabilize the ball as it flies through the air.