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11.13.12
 
Some of NASA’s most exciting achievements are being showcased at the 25th international Supercomputing Conference (SC12), scheduled Nov. 10-16, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Highlighted accomplishments include the orchestration of the perfect Mars Curiosity rover landing, the Kepler mission’s discovery of new planets in the Milky Way galaxy, advances in our understanding of Earth’s weather and climate through high-resolution four-dimensional models, and the complex engineering calculations behind the next-generation Space Launch System (SLS). For more information, visit the press release about this conference. The following images represent some of the work done on the supercomputers throughout the year that will be discussed at this year's conference.

The atmospheric winds near the surface (white) and at mid- to upper-levels (colored) that transport and disperse global aerosols within the GEOS-5 atmospheric model. Left: The atmospheric winds near the surface (white) and at mid- to upper-levels (colored) that transport and disperse global aerosols within the GEOS-5 atmospheric model.
Image credit: William Putman, NASA/Goddard

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Isosurfaces of core stage engine combustion gas (blue) and solid rocket booster effluent (red) show the evolution and mixing of the plumes during Space Launch System ignition. Left: Isosurfaces of core stage engine combustion gas (blue) and solid rocket booster effluent (red) show the evolution and mixing of the plumes during Space Launch System ignition.
Image credit: Brandon Williams, NASA/Marshall

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Artist¹s conception of the moment that NASA¹s Curiosity rover touched down on Mars, suspended on a bridle beneath the spacecraft¹s descent stage. Left:Artist¹s conception of the moment that NASA¹s Curiosity rover touched down on Mars, suspended on a bridle beneath the spacecraft¹s descent stage.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

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Artist¹s conception of Kepler-47, the first transiting circumbinary system‹multiple planets orbiting two stars‹discovered by NASA¹s Kepler space telescope. Left:Artist's conception of Kepler-47, the first transiting circumbinary system‹multiple planets orbiting two stars‹discovered by NASA¹s Kepler space telescope.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Downstream propagation of flow solution for a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in forward flight. Left:Downstream propagation of flow solution for a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in forward flight.
Image Credit: Eric Nielsen, NASA/Langley; Boris Diskin, National Institute of Aerospace

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