NASA Uses World Cup Ball As A Lesson in Aerodynamics
Did you know the ball used for the 2014 World Cup has a name? It’s called the Brazuca. And it is much better than the Jabulani that was used in 2010. Well, at least from a goal tender’s point of view. The Brazuca flies much better than the Jabulani which had a tendency to not spin and be unpredictable in the air.
Real world examples of things people can grasp like the game of soccer (aka football) make for nice teaching tools.
“Sports provide a great opportunity to introduce the next generation of researchers to our field of aerodynamics by showing them something they can relate to,” said Rabi Mehta, chief of the Experimental Aero-Physics Branch at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.