Best of Web // Nick Scott

Best of Web // Nick Scott

Photography Credit: NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology project team

This photograph is a picture captured by the NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project team at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. It features two T-38’s from the Edwards Air Force Base. It is showcasing the interactions between the two supersonic shock waves created by the two aircraft. This was the first time this sort of image was able to be captured. It was originally monochromatic but was colorized after. This image was able to be captured by using an advanced technique called air to air schlieren imagery. I thought it was amazing how the flow turned out visually with the stark bends and straight lines.

Image source: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/features/supersonic-shockwave-interaction.html

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  • Kailey Shara
    Sep 19, 2019 22:52

    Second prize! The colors and almost-straight lines are gorgeous, and the scientific content really stands out. I find the interaction between the leading shock wave of the left-hand plane and the trailing shock waves of the right-hand plane rather fascinating.

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  • Shalil Jain
    Sep 18, 2019 11:02

    Third place. I really enjoy the vibrant color and the way the surroundings react to the jets intercepting them

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  • Abby Rinerson
    Sep 18, 2019 09:17

    Third place – very cool visual representation of shock waves and very appealing to look at!

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