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  • n  an artificial cloud created by an aircraft; caused either by condensation due to the reduction in air pressure above the wing surface or by water vapor in the engine exhaust

  • When the first supersonic jet trans port takes off on a commercial flight, it will leave a contrail of money behind it.
  • Without the tourists, without the FedEx trucks, without a single contrail in the big sky and with so many people holed up in their houses watching the local New York City news .
  • A spurt of white dots (visible shock waves) spurted out behind and grew into a long plumelike "contrail" (condensed water vapor).
Quotes

  • Jeffrey Williams in Space.com
    The brightest thing through the window by far is the orbiter itself, with its contrail behind,ISS Expedition 13 flight engineer Jeffrey Williams told mission control, adding that the station crew turned off the lights in the US-built Destiny...
  • Ed Lu in Xinhua
    You can see airplane contrails, and occasionally at the end of an airplane contrail, you will see a glint of sunlight off the airplane,Lu says. "And very occasionally, you do see other satellites go by. It is kind of a neat thing to see."

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