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LIFE Science photos

Feb 01, 1949 - A long exposure view of a Sikorsky S-51 helicopter on the ground at Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, DC in 1949. The striking "Slinky shape" is produced by light reflecting on the rotor blades and leaving a trail in the night sky. Photo: Andreas Feininger/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.

LIFE's Best-Ever Science Photos

LIFE.com presents the most wonderful and, in some cases, the most thoroughly bizarre science and technology photos ever to appear in the magazine.