A Tribute To The Space Shuttle: High Definition Super Slow Motion Launch Footage Narrated by Aerospace Engineers

Any person inclined by science, intrigued by power or curious about what goes into getting into space will be completely and totally awe-struck by this series of videos. In a previous post of mine I talk about humans perception of size and time. These series of videos show the shear size and power (not to mention level of engineering) that goes into placing our bodies into orbit… as mentioned in my other post, the layer of our atmosphere is no thicker than the comparative thickness of paint on a school globe and the Space Shuttle orbits just millimeters above that globe. We are still tiny and primitive creatures yet the videos show the direction of achievement we are capable of. It’s too bad NASA has no immediate replacement for the now decommissioned Space Shuttle.  I would take 10 years off my life just to go into space and walk on the moon. Please, maximize the screen, turn off your lights, sit back, relax and enjoy the view…

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2 thoughts on “A Tribute To The Space Shuttle: High Definition Super Slow Motion Launch Footage Narrated by Aerospace Engineers

  1. Kody says:

    Wow that footage is incredible. It makes me sad to know that Atlantis will be the last space shuttle. The last of its kind rather than the last. I predict an even more complex engineering spectacle will surpass the shuttle. The Air Force has some promising top secret alternatives like the X37b space plane.

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    • Yes, there are some up and coming alternatives but they are all still in development. The space shuttle is a true spectacle of engineering and one to awe at but it was and still is very faulty. It ended up costing significantly more than any previous manned space vehicle even though it was designed for cost effectiveness. Hands down the most promising is SpaceX. Their Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy utilize a modified version of the Merlin engine, used on the Apollo missions. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The cost per pound of a SpaceX mission will be about 100 times less than the Space Shuttle and it will be more reliable. I believe the dying of NASA will prove the near end of government funded space programs as the competitive private sector rises. The Air Force will always have a program in existence for national defense reasons. Thanks for the link!

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