Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Day in the life of a Shuttle booster rocket 

If you haven't seen it yet, you must watch this view from the Space Shuttle's booster rocket. I have to say it one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. You get to see the earth hurtling away, the separation, the rocket spinning around, the parachute descent, and finally the splashdown. It is amazing to see the texture of the ocean slowly become more distinct until you can finally see individual waves.

There's footage from other areas of the Shuttle on NASA's site, including in quicktime if you can't view the streaming windows media.

--Thanks to Bad Astronomy for the head's up.

Also, if you want to try simulating stuff like this (and much more) yourself, I can't recommend Celestia highly enough. Truly one of the top open source programs in my opinion. If you're interested in space, it is a must have. Stellarium is very well done as well.

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