[Melbourne-pm] Shuttle launch video

leif.eriksen at hpa.com.au leif.eriksen at hpa.com.au
Wed Jul 12 16:25:20 PDT 2006


	I described a video of the Discovery shuttle launch last night at MPM, and here is the link

It shows the launch from the perspective of a camera near the tail of a SRB. Notice the white vapour plume near the shuttle nose as it passes through the sound barrier, then the sky getting darker. Also note the glow from the other SRB exhaust slowly fade. At about 2:58, the SRB separates and you get a fantastic shot of the shuttle on full main engine thrust passing off to the left of screen, still with main tank attached. Then there are a few minutes of tumble reentry, parachutes open and splashdown (probably somewhere in the Atlantic) and a slow float almost to the surface.

Its enough to make you apply to NASA for a job as a "whatever the hell you want, just give me a job here - your stuff is cool".

	The main site for this shuttle mission (STS-121) is here


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