Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Eight minutes of the awesome

A space shuttle launch, as seen from the point of view of a solid rocket booster, and with some amazing sound quality. The screaming of metal contracting, and the breathing that is the last of the solid rocket fuel outgassing during the "graceful tumble" phase on the edge of the atmosphere, just before the plunge back in, is especially intense. Whoever the audio engineers are, they did some masterful work capturing something of the sheer violence of leaving the atmosphere, and then the long drop back to the ocean.

via NPR

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