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(Paul Calle)

NASA Art on Tour

A traveling exhibit from the space agency's right brain.

X-43

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(Barbara Prey)

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.”

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