Riding The Booster: Video Of A Space Shuttle Booster Rocket's Journey Into The Atmosphere (And Back To Earth)

August 1, 2013


This is 'Riding the Booster', a video taken from cameras attached to a Space Shuttle's solid rocket boosters as it blasts off into the atmosphere. Plus there's real audio. Sounds like an inferno. I recommend watching lift-off and at least part of the first 90-seconds, then skip to 1:55 to watch the booster separation from several different angles, the awesomest of which is at 2:35. The rest is the booster's descent until they parachute into the ocean around 7:15. You know, it's nice that NASA actually planned to jettison the boosters into the ocean instead of just letting them land wherever they fall. Because when I blast off for outerspace I don't care where my boosters land. "That's irresponsible." Huh? "THAT'S IRRESPONSIBLE." I'm sorry, I'm having trouble hearing you FROM THE MOON. HIYO, haters gonna hate.

Hit the jump for the worthwhile video.

Thanks to Brandon and Peter Shuttlecock, one of which insisted I tell you all his peenor is bigger than a space shuttle. GUESS WHICH ONE (It was Peter but I bet Brandon's really is).

  • karasuKumo

    Listen closely at 6:29 and you can hear Godzilla.

  • vadersapp

    Could you imagine the heart attack you'd have if, by chance, that landed just behind your boat?

  • JJtoob

    Yeah, if you can hear it, you are not outside the atmosphere yet.

  • vadersapp

    Actually, the microphone still captures sounds from the resonating of the rocket. The engines were still burning off fuel, which causes vibrations which causes sound. If you were floating in space nearby the rocket you couldn't hear anything, but if you were bolted to it, you'd hear it just fine.

  • JJtoob

    That makes sense.

  • R3DZON3

    actually the sounds where created by Benny Burtt and Noah Katz. as people do in movies sounds are created separately using common objects. it shows how its done if you look it up on youtube Example: ( http://www.youtube.com/watc... )

  • Patrick

    FYI, Skywalker Sound did all the Sound Design for this clip.

  • WhiteEagle2

    Was thinking it sounded like the aliens over the baby monitor from "Signs".

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