Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Riding a Rocket into Space

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride the space shuttle 28 miles up, then jump off and parachute back to Earth? That's essentially what the two solid rocket boosters (SRB's) on the shuttle did time and time again, and now you can vicariously experience it by watching the following video. This video is absolutely amazing. It is composed entirely of actual footage from cameras installed on the two SRB's that assisted the space shuttle into orbit. After doing their part the SRB's separate from the shuttle and parachute back to a splash-down on Earth. What's especially cool is that all the sound in this video is from the microphones on the cameras; nothing has been added in, although Skywalker Sound processed it a bit to help make it more audible.

This video brought me to tears. The majesty and grandeur of the space vistas, the views of Earth curving off into the distance, the incredible piece of human ingenuity that is the space shuttle...it's beautiful. And powerful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome video. I'm totally sharing this. It's too bad the U.S. can't be bothered to make a new Shuttle... It seems we're gradually slipping behind other countries in virtually everything these days. Basically the only thing we excel at is military spending and how many people we have in jail.


Think I said something interesting or insightful? Let me know what you thought! Or even just drop in and say "hi" once in a while - I always enjoy reading comments.