Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Absolutely mind-blowing video shot from the Space Shuttle during launch

Happy New Year, and no the Space Shuttle has not been reactivated.

Tice DeYoung received an email from a friend and thought I might like to view the link to the High Definition view from the Space Shuttle booster.during launch.
I think you all might enjoy seeing again even if you saw it when it was originally posted.back in March of 2012  (8:31 min:sec)

"Ascent - Commemorating Shuttle" or "Best of the Best" Provides New Views, Commentary of Shuttle Launches,
It dated back to 2010 and of course is now available on the web. (45::24 min:sec)
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2010  and  Dec 16, 2010
Either one will take some time to watch.  That said, I enjoyed looking at the photography and remembering those that worked on making it possible to build the ISS.
The commentary about the many cameras was very informative. High speed photography gives you a great view of action otherwise gone in a blink of the eye.

Let me also include a few links to a revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
Also a link to Chris giving a TED Talk about going blind during a space walk.  He ends with playing the Space Oddity song again.

David Bowie passed away this January 10, 2016.

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Clip from Tice -

Drop whatever you're doing and watch this. NASA has released videos shot from onboard the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters in the past, but you've never seen one prepared as masterfully as this.

For one thing, the footage was shot in high definition, so the image is exceptionally clear. But what puts this video head and shoulders above most other rocketcams is the sound. The audio has been remastered by the folks over at Skywalker Sound (yes, that Skywalker Sound), and the final product is nothing short of incredible.

Michael Interbartolo — who used to work on the Shuttle Program at Mission Control in Houston — had this to say about the video when he posted it to Google+ earlier this morning:

Just got this from the guys at Glenn who are finalizing the new special edition DVD/BluRay version of Ascent: Commemorating Shuttle which this will be an extra on. The video is shot from the Solid Rocket Booster Perspective up and down with enhanced sound thanks to Ben Burtt's son and the folks at Skywalker Sound. The team is still trying to figure out how to release this all to the public, but for now enjoy an exclusive first look. +NASA youtube doesn't even have the video.
Try to let what you're witnessing sink in. See those numbers flying past in the upper right hand corner? That's the Shuttle's airspeed. See that gleam of light against the inky backdrop of space at 2:08 and 3:11? That's the Shuttle continuing on its flight path into low Earth orbit. Hear the eerie rattling, haunting moans, and weird dinosaur noises? That's what it sounds like to be a Solid Rocket Booster, falling to Earth from an altitude of 150,000 feet.


More discussion from Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait
Check out Phil's link to get more information about the video to prepare for watching.
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Turn up your speakers and take a wild ride on a Shuttle solid rocket booster
By Phil Plait | March 15, 2012 9:31 am

On Google+, Michael Interbartolo — who worked for ten years on the Space Shuttle Program in Mission Control in Houston — just posted about this amazing video from cameras mounted on the Shuttle solid rockets as they rode into space. We’ve seen videos from rocketcams before, but this is very clear, and has enhanced sound that’ll rock your speakers:

There’s a lot to see here! The ascent is very cool, of course, and at two minutes the solid rocket boosters (or SRBs) separate from the external tank and Orbiter. As they tumble away we see the Earth spinning around, and several times you can see the plume from the launch in the view poking up from the surface into the sky. You can also see the bright "star" of the Orbiter as it continues on into space — the SRBs only burn for about two minutes, and are used as an assist to boost the Orbiter above the atmosphere. Once the SRBs drop away, the Orbiter burns liquid fuel from the orange external tank until it has enough speed to attain orbit.

As seen on Michael Interbartolo's link with comments.
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Riding the Booster with enhanced sound
Michael Interbartolo
Published on Mar 15, 2012 download the ISO file of the full Special Edition DVD.

From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay by NASA/Glenn a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or replaced with foley artist sound. The Skywalker sound folks just helped bring it out and make it more audible.

Ascent - Commemorating Shuttle

Ascent - Commemorating Shuttle.

Uploaded on Dec 7, 2010
you can download the ISO file of the Special edition DVD.

Photographic documentation of a Space Shuttle launch plays a critical role in the engineering analysis and evaluation process that takes place during each and every mission. Motion and Still images enable Shuttle engineers to visually identify off-nominal events and conditions requiring corrective action to ensure mission safety and success. This imagery also provides highly inspirational and educational insight to those outside the NASA family.

This compilation of film and video presents the best of the best ground-based Shuttle motion imagery from STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124 missions. Rendered in the highest definition possible, this production is a tribute to the dozens of men and women of the Shuttle imaging team and the 30yrs of achievement of the Space Shuttle Program.

The video was produced by Matt Melis at the Glenn Research Center.
Finally PAO uploaded a 720p version, not sure if we will get 1080p like you wanted, but at least we are making progress.

NASA post - Check your browser for other YouTube NASA videos as well.
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"Best of the Best" Provides New Views, Commentary of Shuttle Launches

Uploaded on Dec 16, 2010
This video from the Glenn Research Center highlights in stunning, behind-the-scenes imagery the launches of three space shuttle missions: STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124. NASA engineers provide commentary as footage from the ground and from the orbiters themselves document in detail the first phase of a mission.

Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

Space Oddity

Published on May 12, 2013
Rest in peace, Starman.

A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

Composition: “SPACE ODDITY”
Written by David Bowie
Published by Onward Music Limited

(Note: This video cannot be reproduced and is licensed for online music use only.)

With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield for all their hard work.

Captioning kindly provided by CHS (

From the album “Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can.” Available everywhere now.

Here is Commander Chris Hadfield at TED

Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space
Published on Mar 19, 2014

There's an astronaut saying: In space, "there is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse." So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider's web. Watch for a special space-y performance.

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