Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Space shuttle cameras

Aside from their usefulness in monitoring the shuttle during and after launch, the several cameras mounted on Discovery's fuel tanks caught some amazing video of the launch itself. Here are two of the videos:Highlights for those who don't have time to watch the entire clips: on the first video, liftoff at 00:54, sky starts becoming space at 02:00, fuel tank the camera's on separates at 02:57, passing through some clouds at 07:09, and splashdown at 07:23. From the second video, NASA Sound Suppression kicks in at 00:45, ignition at 00:53, liftoff at 01:00, amazing aerial views from 01:00 to 03:00, the smoke trail and its shadow by 02:35, separation at 03:00, lots of spinning from then until you see the ocean approaching at 06:30, which you've got to watch straight through until at least 08:00 for the splashdown. This footage is truly awe-inspiring.

4 Comments:

Blogger Bulldawgy said...

Very cool, man.

7:00 PM, July 11, 2006  
Anonymous KEV said...

I watched the first link. The return in the atmosphere was quite interesting. Thanks for sharing.

8:31 AM, July 12, 2006  
Anonymous Hugh said...

Wow.

That's--wow.

Wow.

10:12 AM, July 12, 2006  
Blogger Chaotic Hammer said...

Whoa, these are cool.

I'd like to see these in IMAX. That would be so awesome. But only with the proviso that every member of the audience is supplied with a barf-bag.

12:10 PM, July 12, 2006  

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