Discovery’s Booster Rocket Films a Stupendous Full-Length Video

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.