Friday, August 12, 2016

NASA Ames' wind tunnel goes psychedellic

NASA engineer Rockergirl Nettie Roozeboom checks out a generic launch vehicle model covered with pressure-sensitive paint that shines when exposed to blue light. The test article is seen mounted in a wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center in California. Credit: Jim Banke
NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate



This new paint luminesces when exposed to blue light. Its intensity varies with pressure so NASA engineers can visually see the how structures perform in their wind tunnels. Far out, man!