Saturday, September 09, 2006

Soaring Through the Sky

Amazing photos of a Transonic Cloud have surfaced after the Shuttle Atlantis' launch earlier today. Take a look for yourself:

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- This view of the shock wave condensation collars backlit by the sun occurred during the launch of Atlantis on STS-106 and was captured on an engineering 35mm motion picture film. One frame was digitized to make this still image. Although the primary effect is created by the Orbiter forward fuselage, secondary effects can be seen on the SRB forward skirt, Orbiter vertical stabilizer and wing trailing edges (behind SSME's).



PHOTO CREDIT: NASA ^^





PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD KING ^^