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    Shuttle Launch Video

    Here is one of the most interesting (technically) videos of a Space Shuttle launch that I have seen.

    In the beginning you can see the water start to flow for the sound supression system and then the water is turned into clouds of steam once the main engines light.

    At 26 seconds you get a little dizzy as the Shuttle rolls on it's back to give the astronauts a better view of the horizon.

    At 51 seconds you can see the moisture in the air condense behind the trans sonic shock wave as the orbiter passes through the sound barrier.

    At 2 minutes you just start to see the edge of the atmosphere in the lower left and the curvature of the Earth.



    Here is a video of the launch of the last Hubble Telescope service mission. Also rather cool.

    Last edited by pilotdane; March 5th, 2010, 21:00.

    #2
    They have to be the most interesting shuttle launch videos that i have ever see. WOW, that first video really gives you a real sense of the speed at lift off, within seconds the beach is just a tiny strip. Absolutely stunning.

    And the second video was awesome, what a fantastic shot of the shuttle captured by the SRB onboard camera. What really surprised me was the lack of vibration, either the mounts for the cameras are doing a remarkable job, or the main tank and SRB's do not suffer the same amount of vibration that the actual shuttle does.

    Again, stunning videos, well worth watching. Thanks for posting Dane.
    Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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      #3
      Finally, I got time to see the whole clips through....

      Very impressive footage both of them.

      I notice that they mention this was the last time a space shuttle would dock close to the Hubble telescope.... what will then happen to repairs of Hubble?

      Imagine, being the last humans to ever see the telescope up close... ever.
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        #4
        I think i have said this before, but i think mankind is taking a big step backwards by not having a replacement for the shuttle lined up. Will man really be able to do so much in orbit once the shuttle is no longer flying? Hubble is a good example, how will it be repaired from now on? Is it the end for such repairs in space?, or will the capsule of the new rocket launch system be able to maneuver itself to such repair jobs? And if so, will astronauts be able to space walk from the capsule?
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          #5
          Have you all seen this one?

          Whow... beautifully shot:

          http://gizmodo.com/5544749/stellar-d...shuttle-launch
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            #6
            A very cool video. I thought it funny that once the orbiter was inside the Vehicle Assembly Building they not only closed the doors, but they also shut the window blinds. It's also the only video where it shows the crawler "squat" down to it's resting, launch position.

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              #7
              After retirement the remaining Shuttles will probably go on display somewhere, but what is going to happen to all the infrastructure around them?
              Some may be re-usable for other purposes, but the majority appears to be purpose built "one-use" items. Will that be preserved as well and may become part of a Space Shuttle Museum?

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                #8
                Re: Shuttle Launch Video

                Check out this fantastic video of the very last roll-out of the space shuttle!

                Amazing to say at least!

                http://vimeo.com/43439161
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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