(must see video)
Similar to the video of the Apollo 11 Saturn V launch I posted a while back, this video of Space Shuttle launches goes much deeper. With views from a wide range of cameras, most in extreme slow motion and many just feet away from the fires, you are given a detailed look at what happens when millions of pounds of thrust are used to overcome gravity and lift the 4.5 million pound Space Transportation System off the ground.
The video is 45 minutes long with a simply delivered commentary that is nothing short of excellent. It's a very stirring experience to watch this, and particularly fitting given that we are very close to the end of the Shuttle Program. The clips are taken from three different Shuttle launches: STS-114 (Discovery 2006), STS-117 (Atlantis 2007), and STS-124 (Discovery 2008).
What a tremendous tribute to the men and women who have worked over the years to bring the Space Shuttle to life.
The video was created at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.