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: