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Just received this email with a video of a shuttle launch. Thought it was pretty cool. Here is the text from the e-mail:

What the Space Shuttle Booster Saw

This is a very interesting video with sound. After the Columbia disaster, which was caused by a chunk of External Tank (sprayed-on) insulation coming off during launch and penetrating the wings leading edge, NASA made aggressive plans to install cameras on the two Solid Rocket Boosters. What you will see here is video taken from these cameras, all the way from just before launch, till splash down in the Atlantic.

Take note: upon ignition of the Space Shuttle Main Engines, 6.6 seconds before liftoff, the asymetrical thrust causes a phenomenon called the "twang". The tip of the External Tank actually displaces 23 inches (away from the thrust) as the entire Shuttle stack bends. If you look carefully, you can see the entire stack bend when the SSME's are lit off.** Also pay particular attention to the debris coming off the stack forward of the orbiter's wings. There is an appreciable amount of it.



Turn your sound up. This is very impressive video.
You've likely seen other videos taken from cameras attached to the Space Shuttle and its boosters, but this is one is exceptional in two regards: it's in HD and the sound has been re-mastered by Skywalker Sound.

Click the [ ] icon in the lower right of the screen to view full-screen.


Click on the link below to see this.....

http://kottke.org/12/03/what-the-space-shuttle-booster-saw


 

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Wow!! What a ride! Though it pisses me off that we are reduced to bumming rides from the Russians now; We have had so many false starts for a replacement, and had the ultimate- a true step forward- in the Venture Star, but they were having trouble with the cryo composite tank- the engineers told the Administrators up front that a composite tank wouldn't work for cryo- failed twice....The engineers actually built a Lith-Alum tank that was >LIGHTER and passed the tests< But a NASA scientist told Congress, "Either we do all the new tech, or there is no reason for the program!" and congress cancelled it.

Don't get caught on High tech-new fangled crap cause sometimes, the original idea is better- Find a replacement for a hammer- No, a nail gun only drives nails....Hammers do all sorts of things.....Ain't never going to see a toolbox without a hammer........
 

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When I see the Earth and (leaving it) and how magnificent it really is (a true wonder)...it make me realize just how miniscule we are > to our planet.
Thank you so much fro sharing :))THumbsUp
 
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