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How is a Rocket like a Guitar?

How is a Rocket like a Guitar?

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) feature presents a discussion with country music star Clint Black describing how both a guitar and the space shuttle rocket and spacecraft resonate. The air chamber, vibrations, and resonance of an acoustic guitar are discussed and paralleled with those of a rocket. Holographic interferograms show the resonant vibrations in the soundboard of a guitar. Also included are a recording of Black's related NASA public service message and a video of his visit to NASA.


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