Ascent - an Ode to the Space Shuttle

Two Nasa engineers narrate this amazing 45 minute slow motion video about the launch of the Space Shuttle. There is so much geekery to delight in here, from the launch pad cameras that have to withstand the inferno of the engines during lift off, to the clamps that hold down the space shuttle until computers can verify that everything is go-for-launch, to the beauty of flames that burst forth from the engines - seen in amazing detail through a camera that shoots at about 400 frames per second.

via finestructure - one of my favorite science blogs

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