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NASA tech breakthroughs that led to innovations

3D computer models

The first instances of computer-generated 3D graphics were built for NASA simulators. The first simulations NASA used were in wind tunnels, which became too expensive and cumbersome as their needs evolved. 3D graphics began evolving from space shuttle simulators that allowed NASA engineers to look at different scenarios in a far more streamlined way than in the past.

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