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    Photo: Ares rocket's 'shock egg' in mind-blowing clarity

    I have been looking for something pretty special to celebrate my 1k posting, thanks to NASA I think I have found it.

    Oh boy, I was waiting for this. Whenever NASA has a launch, there's always some cool photography to follow.

    What you're looking at is called a "shock egg," or the Prandtl-Glauert singularity, or a shockwave that compresses air and forces the vapor out of it. You see this kind of stuff a lot in photographs trailing behind fighter jets, but it's especially awesome when it happens to rockets. According to NASA, the shot was taken by one Scott Andrews, who used a Canon of some sort.
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    From NASA:

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A bow shock forms around the Constellation Program's 327-foot-tall Ares I-X test rocket traveling at supersonic speed. The rocket produces 2.96 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and goes supersonic in 39 seconds. Liftoff of the 6-minute flight test from Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida was at 11:30 a.m. EDT Oct. 28. This was the first launch from Kennedy's pads of a vehicle other than the space shuttle since the Apollo Program's Saturn rockets were retired. The parts used to make the Ares I-X booster flew on 30 different shuttle missions ranging from STS-29 in 1989 to STS-106 in 2000. The data returned from more than 700 sensors throughout the rocket will be used to refine the design of future launch vehicles and bring NASA one step closer to reaching its exploration goals. For information on the Ares I-X vehicle and flight test, visit Photo courtesy of Scott Andrews, Canon
    Enjoy. ;D

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    Re: Photo: Ares rocket's 'shock egg' in mind-blowing clarity

    Rocket photos are not really my thing but super congrats on your first buck Bakersfield.

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    Re: Photo: Ares rocket's 'shock egg' in mind-blowing clarity

    I love space.
    We're bringing purple back.

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    Re: Photo: Ares rocket's 'shock egg' in mind-blowing clarity

    "gregair13" wrote:
    I love space.
    I especially love that little space that forms below a woman's happy place and the top of her inner thighs.

    Wait....that's more of a TBM answer, isn't it?



    Thanks to Josdin for the awesome sig!

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