NASA Art on Tour
A traveling exhibit from the space agency's right brain.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 09, 2010
X-43, Barbara Prey, watercolor, 17 x 27 inches, 2005
“The X-43, a small experimental research aircraft, broke the Guinness World Record in 2004. During its testing, it reached almost 7,000 miles per hour [almost ten times the speed of sound] after being boosted to test altitudes by modified first-stage Pegasus rockets. The aircraft’s scramjet engine technology enabled airflow passing through the engine to remain supersonic.”