NASA has released a 36-minute video of the camera on board the booster rockets attached to the space shuttle at liftoff. They separate after working for about two-and-a-half minutes.
so they can't be up that high, right? It takes them 34 minutes to fall back to earth, the video reveals. (Check out the spot at 2:38, a second or two after it separates form the shuttle, the bright spot shows the shuttle, already a long way away.)
I saw the splashdown at a bit less than 7 minutes after launch -- Was that edited?
That's a great question, Michael. Must've been. NASA doesn't say.
So you were there? You're living my dream, man.
The SRBs take around 5 minutes to fall back. The reason the video is so long is you get to see the accent and return from multiple camera angles.
Only "I saw" with respect to the video... Only wish I had been there.
Thanks, Bob! Very interesting. Way at the end (I cheated and fast-forwarded through most of the falling scenes) there is a good shot showing that one of the 3 chutes ripped apart.
I was impressed with how the chutes opened in stages. I know why they do that (to reduce trauma to the chutes from too much force too quickly) but I couldn't really see HOW they did it.
Also, it looks like they jettison something from the business end of the SRB just before splashdown. What and why?