The 1969 Mustang Mach 1: A Classic American Muscle Car

Mustang Mach 1

A legendary American muscle automobile that was extremely well-liked when it was initially introduced was the 1969 Mustang Mach 1. Fully 24% of all Mustangs produced in 1969 were Mach 1s, with a total of 299,824 Mustangs sold for the model year. When compared to prior seasons that sold in greater quantities, this figure of less than 300,000 seems a little depressing. But think about: By 1969, the Mustang faced competition from the Chevy Camaro, the Pontiac Firebird, the Plymouth Barracuda, the AMC Javelin, and even Mercury’s Cougar, a divisional stablemate. It was evident how well-liked the pony car concept was by the fact that there was space for everyone in the busy marketplace. Even if sales weren’t at their peak, Mustang had a solid reputation and was well-known.

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Comet ZTF: Orbital Plane Crossing

The current darling of the northern night, Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF is captured in this telescopic image from a dark sky location at June Lake, California. Of course Comet ZTF has been growing brighter in recent days, headed for its closest approach to Earth on February 1. But this view was recorded on January 23, very close to the time planet Earth crossed the orbital plane of long-period Comet ZTF. The comet’s broad, whitish dust tail is still curved and fanned out away from the Sun as Comet ZTF sweeps along its orbit. Due to perspective near the orbital plane crossing, components of the fanned out dust tail appear on both sides of the comet’s green tinted coma though, to lend Comet ZTF a visually striking (left) anti-tail. Buffeted by solar activity the comet’s narrower ion tail also streams away from the coma diagonally to the right, across the nearly three degree wide field of view. via NASA