Amazing NASA footage
Ever wonder what it would be like to parachute from the edge of space to the ocean? Me neither. But NASA strapped a camera to the side of one of the solid rocket boosters that helped launch the shuttle Discovery into space last week, and has posted the results for all to see. Just click on the link, and then on the "cool movies" link in the text.
The video begins at launch. We're looking down the booster as the launch pad and the ground drop away. We're on the starboard booster - one of the two reusable rockets on each flight - as it separates from the shuttle, and falls away while the orbiter continues on toward orbit. Then we ride with the booster as it falls back toward the Atlantic Ocean, tumbling at first before it pops its parachute. And we're there when it splashes into the water and bobs around in a tangle of parachute lines waiting for the recovery ship. So cool.