A day in the life of a booster rocket

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.)

  • Michael

    I saw the splashdown at a bit less than 7 minutes after launch — Was that edited?

  • Bob Collins

    That’s a great question, Michael. Must’ve been. NASA doesn’t say.

    So you were there? You’re living my dream, man.

  • http://www.twitter.com/#!/mblackmn Matt B

    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.

  • Michael

    Only “I saw” with respect to the video… Only wish I had been there.

  • Paul J

    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?