We've seen footage from rocket-mounted cameras before, but this is a particularly stunning example of the genre: cameras mounted on the solid-fuel rocket boosters that lifted the shuttle Discovery into space last week document their entire 30-minute voyage, from liftoff to splashdown.
The ground recedes fast amid sparks and smoke; Discovery cuts loose and continues on its lonely voyage; the boosters capture some lovely shots of our planet as they spin and parachute and land safely in the ocean.
NASA could go a long way toward solving its budgetary issues if they charged audiences to watch amazing movies like this.
Warning: the video is silent until audio suddenly kicks in around 14:50.
what a truly beautiful planet we live in. I hope no aliens attack and evict us all.
If aliens attack our planet and try to evict us then you'll be seeing me on the front lines in a full suit of Halo body armor holding a flame thrower and smoking a cigar roasting those bugs, and I'll be yelling it's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and im all outta gum....starcraft 2....halo....and duke nukem for the win!
You do realize that the weapons used in those games do not actual exist?
I for one, welcome our new alien overlords....
._. ...Thumper? ...what did your father tell you this morning?
CTFxC sorta beat ya to this one popsci, but regardless, it's an excellent find :) My favorite part is 15:18-15:36 where the boosters separate and you can see AND hear little bits of them bouncing off of their casings. That segment and them dropping into the water ~6:50 are both great!
>A secondary heads up, part of the video has audio<
Since I am old enough to remember the drop tests with Enterprise and the first Discovery launch, I can say that video was AWESOME!