A selection from In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight, a book and traveling exhibit by museum photographer Carolyn Russo, this photo shows grooves within the exhaust cone of the North American X-15. The pattern of light and dark streaks were etched into the exhaust cone by the extremely hot gas expelled through it.
Image Number: WEB10917-2008
Credit: Image by Carolyn Russo, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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