Let’s call this Space Dweeb Friday…and watch some stunning, just released video together.
NASA has just-released new video taken from about the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters, of their ride into the upper atmosphere with the shuttle, and then their long fall back into the ocean.
It’s not the first time, but this footage is different. It was shot in HD for one thing, and the sound was mastered by George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound.
Those two things make it special, but watch for the details: The numbers that fly by in the upper right corner are the shuttle’s airspeed (which goes up and down…and up…and down, as the SRBs go through various stages of their flight – and the atmosphere).
Just after the boosters are jettisoned, and again a bit later, you see a white blob. That’s the shuttle continuing to accelerate away into space.
By far the most mind-blowing aspect of the video though, is the sound the now-empty boosters make on the way back down…a moaning, rattling, metallic creaking noise, audible now for the first time thanks to Skywalker Sound.
Top to bottom – literally, and in more ways than one – astonishing.
More details HERE