NASA posts Solid Rocket Booster Video

On Sunday NASA (quietly?) posted video of the launch of STS-121 Discovery taken from cameras mounted on the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs). These videos are in Windows Media Player 9 format. For those of you on Macs (like me) I recommend the Flip4Mac WMV plugin for Quicktime — it’s free and works well.

In the first short video clip (1.31 MB) you see the SRB separation and the shuttle pulling away… magnificent! It’s like something out of a sci-fi movie.


In this second much longer clip (156 MB) you ride the booster from launch all the way until splashdown in the ocean!!! The whole clip runs about 11 minutes. JUST FREAKING RIDICULOUSLY BREATHTAKING!!! It doesn’t get much better than this (OK so I’m a dork).

animated screenshot

So RUN — don’t walk — over to the NASA – Space Shuttle page and check them out! They’ve also got some sweet video coverage of the last space walk.

4 thoughts on “NASA posts Solid Rocket Booster Video”

  1. My God what an astonishing thing to be able to witness. I just cannot imagine not being alive doing the time of early space exploration. It(humans in Space)may be very fantastic and beyond our imagination some day… but, they will long as we do about early flight and Trains and cars to have lived when it all began. To have seen the start and lived alongside those who took the chances. I feel very blessed.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.