The technology that has come out of NASA labs has caused jaws to drop for years.
So it’s easy to imagine that the crashes that led up to the gorgeous final products are equally spectacular.
Luckily for us, NASA thought we might get a kick out of seeing some of their simulated crashes done during tests and stuck them together in a neat montage.
NASA’s Langley Research Center posted the awesome video this morning, for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
The clips were taken at the Landing Impact and Research Facility at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
The facility, 240 feet high and 400 feet long, was originally built in 1965 to test the lunar landing module and touchdown procedures for the Apollo moon missions, but is now used for landing and safety research.
So watch as everything from rover landers to helicopters crash into land and water in the magnificent way only NASA can create.
Mobile users watch video here.
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