What is it like to ride a rocket?

What is it like to ride a rocket? NASA releases dramatic new Hi-Def video and audio from cameras mounted on the booster rockets of the space shuttle. Jaw dropping, heart stopping and awesome ride from launch, until the boosters parachute back into the ocean.

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38 Responses to What is it like to ride a rocket?

  1. Rajini Rao says:


    And the sounds! Wow! They could release a DVD of just the sounds and I would listen to it.


  2. Gnotic Pasta wonder if they’d let me ride along as camera man


    I’m sure they would, but I doubt you’d want to ride along attached to a solid rocket booster.

  3. Rajini Rao says:


    I have renewed admiration for those brave souls who throw themselves into those tin cans. I’m a bit shaken up after that ocean landing. I need some wine. 😛


  4. I was surprised to see that the individual rockets stayed so close together throughout the descent. Amazing and beautiful footage.

  5. Norman M. says:


    Adding realistic audio is a plus.


  6. Absolutely awesome. Thanks.

  7. Paul Hosking says:


    Anyone keen on this video should consider the Mission: Space ride at the Disney Epcot park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission:_SPACE). You’ll want to get in the full experience line (Orange Team).

  8. Rajini Rao says:


    Cool, thanks, Paul Hosking . I was thinking my Disney days are done, but one can always make an exception for Epcot. 🙂

  9. Paul Hosking says:


    Rajini Rao it’s a heck of a ride. People are known to get ill 20 minutes later on the other side of the park. The first time I’ve experienced a Disney ride that gave warnings which really were worth considering. The initial launch and sensation of breaking free of gravity to enter orbit alone is worth the ride.


  10. Peter Lindelauf No. Go back to sleep.

  11. Tuke Jai says:


    Rajini Rao – “I’m a bit shaken up after that ocean landing. I need some wine.”


    I’m more shaken up by the eerie sparsity of sound in the upper atmosphere. The horrifying sparsity of sound–I’m never ever going into space. Yikes.


    But thanks for posting–the video (especially the audio) is great!


  12. Tuke Jai “In space, no-one can hear you scream.”

  13. julie woods says:


    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for this!!!

  14. Rajini Rao says:


    Tuke Jai , I know, sobering isn’t it? Perhaps I’m not ready for space tourism 🙂

  15. Rajini Rao says:


    I love Bowie, Gnotic Pasta . There are three songs with references to Major Tom. Ashes to Ashes is my favorite. David Bowie Ashes to Ashes

  16. Rajini Rao says:


    Very cool thanks! I had a post on Bowie on his birthday: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114601143134471609087/posts/3BkuERB4u6x


    Interesting to see the ripples that Major Tom made in other songs!


  17. I wonder what did they use to stick that camera with the rocket…..Must be a really good quality adhesive tape that kept the camera intact to the rocket at 2600+ mph….LOL

  18. Rajini Rao says:


    I’m guessing nuts and bolts, rather than Scotch tape, Sudhanshu Pathania 😉


  19. and why did’t camera burn off after entering the atmosphere…..things usually burn off….probably due to those nuts and bolts…LOL 😀

  20. Dion Henare says:


    I’m confused. I’m not particularly physics minded so be kind but why does the speed never drop to 0 before plummeting back to Earth? The lowest it gets is something like 2556mph. I thought it would accelerate upwards until there’s nothing to propel it, at which point it would slow to 0 at its peak height and then begin to fall? Or is it something to do with movement in directions other than up and down? help :S

  21. Dion Henare says:


    Gnotic Pasta Oh okay yea I thought it might be something like that. So even though its vertical velocity reaches zero, it’s still moving 2556mph horizontally? Anyone know what’s calculating the speed and how? I’m being a pain I know 🙂 Sorry, just curious. Fantastic video regardless 🙂


  22. Dion Henare Adding to Gnotic Pasta’s explanation – imagine shooting an arrow straight up with no wind. It will stop at some point, flip over and fall. Now imagine shooting an arrow at an angle. It will fly in an arc and only stop when it finally hits ground.


  23. Sweeeeeeeet. Interesting to see how the things speed up to 2900mph first (slingshot effect?) only to have gravity suddenly realise how heavy they are and yanking them down with considerable speed.


    I really would have expected the downward speed to start decreasing more gradually, but then maybe I’m wrong in thinking that the atmosphere thickens in a linear way?

  24. Rahul Joshi says:


    That was scary and exhilarating at the same time! Fantastic video and not to mention the Battlestar Galactica-esque audio! 😛

  25. Daren Harmon says:


    How did I miss this in my feed?? I swear it gets filled with useless garbage! Thanks for sharing this! Love it!

  26. Rajini Rao says:


    Daren Harmon , just for fun, check the ripples associated with this video. Everybody on G+ posted, apparently. And a good thing too, ’cause this is not one to be missed 🙂

  27. Daren Harmon says:


    Will do! Thanks for the tip!

  28. Daren Harmon says:


    Hey your one of the top 5 influencers on this post! Nice job!

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