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Beautiful launch of Discovery plus a bonus: The shuttle's vapor cloud

FlyingJets

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While watching Discovery's launch today we saw the cool vapor cloud form around the shuttle as it approached supersonic speed, didn't we? The cloud wasn't nearly as large as the Prandtl-Glauert clouds seen in photos and videos, but it was definitely there. So far there aren't any photos or video clips with the Prandtl-Glauert cloud(?) in NASA's "Discovery's Launch" photo gallery (http://www.nasa.gov//returntoflight/multimedia/launchday2_gallery.html), so if you missed it check out the replays on TV or visit the links in the reply (in this thread) titled "NASA Video: Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on July 26, 2005".

Flightinfo.com thread on Prandtl-Glauert Singularity condensation clouds:
http://forums.flightinfo.com/showthread.php?t=38686
 
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NASA Video: Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on July 26, 2005

Go to http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/main/index.html?skipIntro=1 (www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/main/index.html?skipIntro=1) and look for "Discovery Launches! Space Shuttle Discovery successfully lifts off from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Fla." Links:

http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/videos/metafiles/ksc_072605_rtf_launch.ram
(www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/videos/metafiles/ksc_072605_rtf_launch.ram)

rtsp://vstream1.ksc.nasa.gov/odv/ma/FEATURES/ksc_072605_rtf_launch.rm
 

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Beautiful photo of shuttle Atlantis (STS-106) with a transonic condensation cloud

Images and description
http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/images/medium/00pp1416-m.jpg
www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/images/medium/00pp1416-m.jpg

http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/images/large/00pp1416.jpg
www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/images/large/00pp1416.jpg
(large, resizing may help)

"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)." http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=4720 (mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=4720), NASA's JFK Kennedy Space Center, Photo Number: KSC-00PP-1416, September 8, 2000


STS-106 Daily Videos: Flight Day 1, September 8, 2000
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/video/shuttle/sts-106/html/fd1.html
spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/video/shuttle/sts-106/html/fd1.html

Atlantis launch video, September 8, 2000, Prandtl-Glauert cloud visible
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/video/shuttle/sts-106/net56/sts106launch_56.asf
spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/video/shuttle/sts-106/net56/sts106launch_56.asf

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/video/shuttle/sts-106/real56/sts106launch_56.rm
spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/video/shuttle/sts-106/real56/sts106launch_56.rm


All the above taken from http://chamorrobible.org/gpw/gpw-20040817.htm, details for photo 11.

Spooky-cool!!
 
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