What was in the sky Saturday?

Photo by: Wanda Laborde, Galveston

Our station was flooded with phone calls Saturday with reports of a plane circling southeast Texas and spraying something into the sky.   It was a NASA’s high altitude air craft WB-57 conducting atmospheric research.  NASA officials said, “This is a normal operation, but due to atmospheric conditions its contrails are extremely visible.”  Contrails, short for condensation trails, are emitted from the exhaust of a plane. A contrail is formed when condensation in jet engine exhaust freezes into ice crystals which then trace the aircraft’s flight. This plane was 45 -50,000 feet in the sky and Saturday was perfectly clear so the contrails were easy to see.

To see our complete Local2 story click here:
NASA Plane Circles Neighborhoods

For more information on contrails and how they are formed click here: 
Look Up In The Sky

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