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Informative Shuttle Ascent Video 69

Posted by timothy
from the sights-to-behold dept.
minterbartolo points out this video, produced by Matt Melis at the Glenn Research Center, excerpting from its description: "Photographic documentation of a Space Shuttle launch plays a critical role in the engineering analysis and evaluation process that takes place during each and every mission. Motion and Still images enable Shuttle engineers to visually identify off-nominal events and conditions requiring corrective action to ensure mission safety and success. This imagery also provides highly inspirational and educational insight to those outside the NASA family. This compilation of film and video presents the best of the best ground-based Shuttle motion imagery from STS-114, STS-117, and STS-124 missions. Rendered in the highest definition possible, this production is a tribute to the dozens of men and women of the Shuttle imaging team and the 30yrs of achievement of the Space Shuttle Program."
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Informative Shuttle Ascent Video

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  • First. (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by lul_wat (1623489)
    ...man on the moon
  • by DerekLyons (302214) <fairwater@nosPam.gmail.com> on Saturday December 11, 2010 @12:38AM (#34521358) Homepage

    What's the point of bragging about how the program is rendered in 'the highest definition available' - and then putting it on You Tube in crappy low definition?

    • by kestasjk (933987) * on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:14AM (#34521502) Homepage
      I'm not sure, but I'd love to buy a copy in a high-def format.. I think they're teasing us.

      It really is stunning how NASA can have the most exciting, awe-inspiring projects and footage of any government project that has ever existed, and yet it falls to an engineer to salvage this incredible footage, edit and narrate it (with his engineer friends). I've watched countless series of documentaries about NASA's various space programs and have never come across such excellent footage, so well explained.
      • and yet it falls to an engineer to salvage this incredible footage, edit and narrate it (with his engineer friends). I've watched countless series of documentaries about NASA's various space programs and have never come across such excellent footage, so well explained.

        Ever talk to a newspaper reporter and then read his story? Primary sources are ideal.

    • It's going to be released as a dvd with extras, etc, in full def..
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by adolf (21054)

        It's going to be released as a dvd with extras, etc, in full def..

        [citation needed]

        • by creativeHavoc (1052138) on Saturday December 11, 2010 @06:33AM (#34522208) Homepage

          It's going to be released as a dvd with extras, etc, in full def..

          [citation needed]

          [watch the video]

          • Been there, done that. I heard them talk about it, but I don't see a place on the screen where I can call with my VISA card. One of those places where OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY.
      • by T-Bone-T (1048702)

        How is that any different? DVD is only 720x480.

    • Re:What's the point? (Score:5, Informative)

      by minterbartolo (1956690) on Saturday December 11, 2010 @11:45AM (#34523380)
      I only had the DVD version that I got from a friend and put that up, but I am trying to get the high def originals from Matt. He is busy right now working the shuttle ET tanking test for STS-133. We are just happy folks are able to see the video since Matt has been trying for a while now to get it out in the public. The outpouring of support will hopefully prompt the folks to find a way to get a high res version available for the public to purchase or at the very least download.
  • by cstec (521534)
    That rocked! I can't believe I'm the first to say that.
    • Re:OMG (Score:5, Interesting)

      by DarrylM (170047) on Saturday December 11, 2010 @01:15AM (#34521506) Homepage

      That rocked! I can't believe I'm the first to say that.

      I have to agree. I know I took a while to reply... about 45 minutes, actually... after I had watched the video, spellbound by what I was seeing.

      Wow.

      Even as a Youtube video, the views and detail was amazing. If the people who put this video together happen to read this thread, thank you for creating this. If you could upload it as a high quality version and/or make a DVD available, that would be even better! But as it is, I'm simply amazed at what I saw and loved the explanations along the way.

      • by lemur3 (997863)

        i predict that there will be a lot of 'me 2' type replies on this one....

        i agree, even as a youtube video the stuff was very compelling.... as was mentioned much of it was stuff i would have likely never seen before.. and hadnt.

        i thought i knew what a launch looked like.

      • by echucker (570962)
        I just watched the whole thing, too. The number of views went from 3434 to 3460 in the 45 minutes it took to watch it. It definitely sounds like a DVD is coming, because they mentioned a disc and deleted scenes at least twice during the video.
  • Rendered in the highest definition possible, but uploaded as a 480p YouTube clip...
  • Director's Cut (Score:5, Informative)

    by Amiralul (1164423) on Saturday December 11, 2010 @03:24AM (#34521828) Homepage
    And here are some extra clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsvVU24uDIc [youtube.com]
    • Whoever is playing around with our minds, I would really appreciate if you would stop. Nearly 96 hours after it hits YouTube and not more than a couple of tweets about a DVD / high def torrent / whathaveyou.

      It isn't polite to do that. It's not nice. Have you no shame?
  • by Tokolosh (1256448)

    If ever there was a justification for bittorrent, this is it. Why stick this on Youtube with crappy resolution, when you could post a torrent file and seed for a while.

    The video could be public domain, high-def, and inspiring to young geeks, instead of being lame.

    • I only had the DVD so I took the VOB files merged them and put the mpg up on youtube. I am trying to work with Matt to get a higher resolution version up there and available for download.
    • by TheKidWho (705796)

      I would gladly pay for this, would be nice if NASA could fund itself in ways other than just congress.

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