Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ascent - 29 Years of Shuttle Launch Videos

Ascent is an incredible video, produced by NASA engineer Matt Melis, documenting 29 years of space shuttle launches. The video is narrated by Melis and another NASA employee, Kevin Burke. Not only is the footage spectacular, but you also learn a lot about the technical aspects of shuttle launches. Through the use of high speed, high definition cameras NASA has captured minute details of the launch. Watch the video and learn what happens in each stage of the launch, including the answer to a question that I always had, "what happens to the boosters after launch?" Watch the video at the 40:25 mark to see a neat little "Easter egg" in the shuttle.

H/T to Open Culture.

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