Go For Launch! NASA’s Kennedy Space Center


xtemujin

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Go For Launch!

In this unique time-lapse video created from thousands of individual frames, photographers Scott Andrews, Stan Jirman and Philip Scott Andrews condense six weeks of painstaking work into three minutes, 52 seconds (read here how they did it).

The action starts in the hangar-like Orbiter Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where Discovery has been outfitted for its STS-131 mission. The vehicle is then towed to the 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building, hoisted into a vertical position and lowered onto its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters.

Then it’s off to the pad on the giant Mobile Launcher Platform, where the shuttle is encased in its protective Rotating Service Structure until just before launch on April 5, 2010.

The film ends with a glimpse of Discovery and the STS-131 astronauts coming in for a landing 15 days later, back in Florida where it all started.

http://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/videos/Go-For-Launch.html

Scott Andrews figures the finished video represents tens of thousands of individual frames and at least 100 hours of shooting, using the highest-resolution digital single-lens-reflex cameras on the market. Jirman did the color correction, which took a week alone.

http://www.airspacemag.com/space-exploration/Shuttle-Time-Lapse.html
( Video: Scott Andrews/ Stan Jirman/ Philip Scott Andrews )

 

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DrSpock

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Wow, one of my lifelong dream is to witness an STS launch someday. Thanks for sharing this beautifully art:thumbsup:
 

DrSpock

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Better hurry man.. I think they are scheduled to end this year.. :sweatsm:
Huh? Really?:eek: I'd originally schedule to visit The whole of Eastern Seaboard nx yr end so looks like that need to fwd to this yr. Tks for telling:thumbsup:
 

Gengh

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Wow, that's really quite a piece of work! Amazing stuff....

Yup, unless there's any major change in NASA's plan, Atlantis is already retired and currently only outfitted for rescue missions in case anything goes wrong during the last two shuttle missions. Discovery should be taking it's last flight in a few months, but Endeavour may get delayed till early next year.

More details here: http://www.launchphotography.com/Shuttle_Launch_Viewing.html

Better plan carefully if you're really keen to see the launches... and also be aware of the possibility of launches being delayed if the weather is not as good as hoped for during the launch window. Once they miss a launch window, the next one is usually around the same time the following day, so if the shuttle launch is a "must-see" on your list, may need to make contingency plans for launch delays.
 

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