Fighter Jet Fights for “Vulcanoid” Asteroids

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 6, 2002   View Article

Space scientists hitched a ride earlier this year aboard an F/A-18B fighter jet traveling through the stratosphere at 0.92 Mach. From the cockpit, the night sky was inky black and pierced with diamond-like planets, streaks of comet dust, and a zodiac of light.

Not out merely for a night ride, the scientists had their eyes trained on the western horizon, where twilight hung low in a range from deep blue to glowing red.

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