NASA image shows shockwaves created by supersonic plane passing the sun

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...

NASA Image Shows Shockwaves Created By Supersonic Plane Passing The Sun

NASA is continuing on its mission to bring back supersonic airplane travel, and during a recent information-seeking mission took a truly fabulous image.

As an incredibly fast Air Force Test Pilot School test plane, T-38C, passed in front of the sun, a photo of the shockwaves it produced was captured.

The technique used was created in Germany about a century-and-a-half ago.

While the vision is a beautiful one, the reason behind documenting it was purely scientific.

Seeing how the waves operate can help engineers figure out how to achieve blazing air speeds without creating the very loud and disruptive boom associated with them.

Until they do, supersonic travel is prohibited over U.S. land.

Photos of jets breaking the sound barrier:

11 PHOTOS
Jets breaking the sound barrier
See Gallery
NASA image shows shockwaves created by supersonic plane passing the sun
Photo: US Navy
Photo: US Navy
Photo: US Navy
Photo: US Navy
Photo: US Navy
Photo: US Navy
Photo: US Air Force
Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley
Photo: US Navy/Chief Petty Officer Augustine Cooper
Photo: USMC/Cpl. Salvador R. Moreno
Photo: US Navy/Petty Officer 2nd Class James Evans
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Read Full Story

People are Reading