[AZ-Observing] Not Really AZ or Observing: Space Shuttle Video

  • From: Tom Polakis <tpolakis@xxxxxxx>
  • To: AZ-Observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 20:57:36 -0400

Here is a pretty amazing video from the Shuttle's solid rocket booster.

http://mfile.akamai.com/18566/wmv/etouchsyst2.download.akamai.com/18355/wm.nasa-global/sts-121/srb_sep.asx

It is about 12 minutes long.  Starts sort of slowly with the Shuttle just 
sitting there, but it takes off about a minute in.  At 2 minutes, you can see 
the arching exhaust plume over the Atlantic and the Cape.  The highlight is the 
SRB (or should I say Orbiter) separation at 3 minutes.  This is followed by 
dizzying tumbling in which both limbs of the Earth pass by.  The chute appears 
to have deployed at around 5 minutes.  The other highlight is splashdown at 
7:30, as long as you don't give too much thought to the junk falling into the 
ocean.

Tom
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