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David Carey
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posted 09-06-2013 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was amused at a similarity between the fogging in (some) old heat shield lucites and the shock wave that developed around the Saturn V that had launched it.

Image is Apollo 11 flipped and plug is Apollo 8 but you get the idea...

There is a downward flow to the outgassing fog, perhaps related to the casting, that mimics the vapor cone from the rocket crossing the sound barrier.

I don't know if the fog developed in the resin over time or occurred during manufacture. Maybe it was some of both.

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-06-2013 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Either that or your plug is an ether portal which is allowing spirits to enter your residence from the "other side".

David Carey
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posted 09-06-2013 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd be cool with that. It did belong to Deke Slayton....

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