Saturday, March 17, 2012

NASA Takes Us On A Rocket Ride


Well, it may not be a rocket to the moon, as it doesn't even quite reach "space".  However, if you put on your headphones and enlarge the video to full screen, you'll see what it looks and sounds like to have a rocket strapped to your butt, then launched to 28 miles above the earth.

In this video, Riding the Booster Up and Down In 400 Seconds, you'll not only see the ride from the perspective of the camera but you will hear ever clank, bang, boom, rattle and whoosh, as the boosters propell the space shuttle away from earth, release, then fall back to earth for a splashdown in the Atlantic.

NASA's booster rocket video is dazzling in detail.  And with the sound works done by Skywalker Studios, it's an amazing armchair ride to the far reaches of our atmosphere, that should not be missed.

This spectacular footage will be an extra on a new NASA DVD, which will commemorate the Space Shuttles.

Big Kudos to NASA for this stunning piece of film and to Skywalker Sound, for giving us a video ride into a realm where so few humans have been.



Video link


This video was compiled using footage obtained from booster cameras aboard shuttle flights STS-117 and STS 127.

Velocities shown are approximations taken from actual flight data.

Sound Design & Mixing by Benny Burtt and Noah Katz.

Post-Production Sound Services by Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, Marin County, California.


From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound.

Special edition of the Ascent: Commemorating Shuttle Trailer


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