High-Def Space Shuttle Tribute

As NASA’s space shuttle program winds down, several former program officials put together this video tribute of the program. The film is shown from the perspective of some of the 100-plus cameras used to monitor launches for potential problems.

It has some amazing images of launches STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124 with a bunch of interesting facts thrown in. Who knew that inertia keeps the solid rocket boosters sailing upward for 15 miles after they’re released from the shuttle?

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

Via Gizmodo.

  • Belesari

    Also remember at launch each one weights 1,300,000lbs. Basically together without anything else they weight about as much as a old destroyer escort.

  • prometheusgonewild

    The shuttle was amazing technology.
    It also was an incredibly expensive boondoggle that stopped NASA from exploring other cheaper, simpler means of getting into space.
    Their halfhearted attempts at other technologies was pathetic.
    I do have to give them credit, for its time it was a great production. However once the economics and safety aspects of it were known, they should have retired the system.
    But NASA is like a lot of government organizations. Once they are on a course they refuse to admit they are going in the wrong direction….
    Great video though…….
    -Dennis http://www.PrometheusGoneWild.com

  • T. Hyatt

    The launch footage looks more like art than technical recordings. It certainly captures the majesty, raw power, and pioneering spirit of NASA’s space program. Watching this footage is second only to being there; it’s absolutely a treat to watch!

  • Paul

    prometheusgonewild - you know they (NASA) could do more with a shuttle in space than they could do with a rocket. Your comments are very niave.

  • A. Nonymous

    Warning to those at work: the video is 45 minutes long.

  • Vernier, SP

    The shuttle could and did accomplish everything you could imagine but leave low earth orbit. What a vehicle. Witnessing many launchs from on-base there was never anything dull about watching all the systems that have to work in order and on time to achieve orbit. The sheer power, fuel weight and consumption per second amazes. I always admired how the whole stack springs forward from the SSME’s and when it recoils back just at verticle off the pad she goes. NASA has given us many tools and products/medicines that make life better today. That’s coming a long way from strapping yourself to an ICBM. Yes economic times have strained but nothing strains the human imagination or restrains. We will continue to discover and move forward. I think the key to future space travel will be magnetism.