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This Physics Central feature describes shock waves and explains their shape and physics. Images of shock waves of various objects in air show how a "blunt body" minimizes heating on reentry from space. Also, the site describes the "waverider" concept that enables a vehicle to ride on its own shock wave and shows a prototype aircraft. Links to other references are included.
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shock wave, spacecraft reentry
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Metadata instance created May 31, 2006 by Ed Lee
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(American Physical Society, College Park, 2004), WWW Document, (http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/shockwaves.cfm).
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Physics in Action: Sonic Shock, (American Physical Society, College Park, 2004), <http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/shockwaves.cfm>.
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Physics in Action: Sonic Shock. (2004, April 23). Retrieved November 22, 2014, from American Physical Society: http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/shockwaves.cfm
Chicago Format
American Physical Society. Physics in Action: Sonic Shock. College Park: American Physical Society, April 23, 2004. http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/shockwaves.cfm (accessed 22 November 2014).
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Physics in Action: Sonic Shock. College Park: American Physical Society, 2004. 23 Apr. 2004. American Physical Society. 22 Nov. 2014 <http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/shockwaves.cfm>.
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