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After the 2004 Olympics, Speedo asked NASA for help designing a faster, sleeker swimsuit. The swimwear maker tapped NASA for its understanding of fluid dynamics and knowledge of how to combat drag—two concepts that are as critical to competitive swimming as they are to efficient space flight. NASA helped Speedo perform surface drag tests on materials for its space-age wetsuit. The LZR Racer swimsuit made a big splash in 2008, when Olympic swimmers who sported them (including Michael Phelps pictured here) broke all sorts of world records. The swimsuit is so effective that it (and other high-tech suits) are banned from competition beginning in 2010.
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