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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere 75

astroengine writes: In a mesmerizing new video released by NASA, the Dec. 5 reentry of the Orion test space vehicle is chronicled — and it's a phenomenal 10-minute ride from fiery reentry to sudden splashdown into the Pacific Ocean. (YouTube Link.)

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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

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  • ... especially the splashdown

    • by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Friday December 19, 2014 @07:45PM (#48638785)
      That time that it takes for the main chutes to fully open has got to be a real nailbiter.
      • That time that it takes for the main chutes to fully open has got to be a real nailbiter.

        I could be by design...
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... [wikipedia.org]

        • Re:Makes me moist... (Score:4, Informative)

          by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Friday December 19, 2014 @08:11PM (#48638865)

          That time that it takes for the main chutes to fully open has got to be a real nailbiter.

          I could be by design... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... [wikipedia.org]

          Nice! (From your link): A slider is a small rectangular piece of fabric with a grommet near each corner used to control the deployment of a "ram-air" parachute. A ram-air parachute has a tendency to open very rapidly. At high velocities, the opening shock from such a rapid deployment can cause damage to the canopy or injury to the jumper. The slider was developed as a way of mitigating this. During deployment, the slider slides down from the canopy to just above the risers. It is slowed by air resistance as it descends and reduces the rate at which the lines can spread and therefore the speed at which the canopy can open and inflate.[1] This invention solved the rapid deployment problem with ram-air designs. Sliders also reduce the chance of the lines twisting to cause a malfunction.

  • by werepants ( 1912634 ) on Friday December 19, 2014 @07:31PM (#48638719)

    You can't really appreciate what NASA does until you build your own rocket, load it up with little green men, and crash it dozens of times while you try to learn how to orbit. Kerbal Space Program taught me how impressive this achievement really is.

    • My thought exactly. I kept wanting to hit the spacebar to deploy the chutes.
    • And just when you think you know how to do it you install the RO mod and wonder how the HELL they can pull it off at all.

      • by Rob Bos ( 3399 )

        The delta-V budget to reach LEO is staggering, if you've played KSP a lot. You can pretty easily get 10-15% payloads to orbit around Kerbin, but Earth payloads are more like 3-5% at best.

  • Perspective (Score:4, Informative)

    by radtea ( 464814 ) on Friday December 19, 2014 @07:58PM (#48638823)

    For those like me, who just watched the video and didn't understand the point of view 'til quite late on, the camera is pointing back along the direction of flight.

    Also, for some reason the video has strange out-of-focus side-pieces that are distracting and annoying. The view itself is gorgeous and amazing.

    • by Darkelf ( 30761 )

      the "side panels" look to be some kind of kludge to appear to gracefully fill a HD screen, while keeping the main view (the center window) fairly distortion free...

      On the reentry: absolutely mesmerizing, the adverts had it spot on.

      While I don't always appreciate the *WAY* NASA spends its money (or is forced to by Congress), I do applaud an excellent mission. Ever since I watched (and re-watched) the video feed of the Curiosity landing sequence, I've gained a new appreciation for the effort that goes into

      • Fuck money. You know when the US made its biggest leaps ahead? When money was pumped into NASA for the moon shot. The 60s where THE decade. World leader in anything technology, and not resting on its "we're #1, why try harder?" spot but gaining enough momentum that it lasted well into the 80s before anyone could come close in any field of technology. Jobs were plentiful and people had money, and they spent that money on more things, creating more jobs. And with the success in space came a really powerful "c

    • Re:Perspective (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Ol Olsoc ( 1175323 ) on Friday December 19, 2014 @08:49PM (#48639039)

      For those like me, who just watched the video and didn't understand the point of view 'til quite late on, the camera is pointing back along the direction of flight.

      Also, for some reason the video has strange out-of-focus side-pieces that are distracting and annoying. The view itself is gorgeous and amazing.

      The sidebars are an effect of the smarphone's ascendence . Since asshats like to take vertical movies with their phones, they have to add shit along the sides to put them in a normal aspect ratio. Its usually blurred out repeats from the main video.. Since the camera video was square, they added the sidebars. I'd rather just see the original video than the presumably "keel" stuff.

      But not to take away from it, it is pretty great stuff

      • Re:Perspective (Score:4, Informative)

        by PPH ( 736903 ) on Friday December 19, 2014 @09:10PM (#48639175)

        Next time, put the countdown timer plus some altitude, velocity and maybe heat shield temp data in the side bars. That'll look much cooler than the widescreen kludge.

      • Since asshats like to take vertical movies with their phones,

        Or maybe phone makers shouldn't make shitty products which create the sidebars in the first place. You never had this problem when shooting analog movies, it has only occurred when we "upgraded" to digital.

        The world doesn't exist only left to right. It also goes up.
        • by itzly ( 3699663 )

          You never had this problem when shooting analog movies

          Because nobody was stupid enough to film in portrait mode.

          • Because nobody was stupid enough to film in portrait mode.

            This. A complete lack of thought. There are a litany of reasons that video or film is shot in landscape mode from the get, which is it is more or less how we percieve the world, to the panning effect being more sensible in horizontal format. A vertically formatted horizontal pan would be more likely to induce vomit than an inspiring view.

            Now all this goes out the window for still imagery. A portrait of a person's face, which is inherently taller than wide, lends itself to a vertical image. As well, verti

        • Since asshats like to take vertical movies with their phones, Or maybe phone makers shouldn't make shitty products which create the sidebars in the first place. You never had this problem when shooting analog movies, it has only occurred when we "upgraded" to digital.

          You do have the choice of holding the camera horizontally. And certainly in photographs there are very valid aesthetic reasons to have the choice.

          And that is the reason I call the folks who make the vertical movies "asshats". Because they can make a very nice video if they simply turn their camera horizontally. It will fit on a Television screen, it will fit on a Youtube screen.

          The world doesn't exist only left to right. It also goes up.

          True. But making a video involves movement, and often between people and their environment. People tend to be beside each other

    • by mveloso ( 325617 )

      Bad music. Wish they had a front facing camera. Why not get a go pro sponsorship?

  • by k6mfw ( 1182893 ) on Friday December 19, 2014 @09:52PM (#48639321)
    unlike a few Shuttle cockpit shots. Or previously few seconds clip from a Gemini re-entry that's replayed zillion times like the Saturn interstage separation between first and second stages. My question has Elon released any such footage?
  • Why does the sky appear to so quickly transition from black to blue around the 6 minute mark?

  • ...but the text under it:

    New video recorded during the return of NASA’s Orion through Earth’s atmosphere this month provides a taste of the intense conditions the spacecraft and the astronauts it carries will endure when they return from deep space destinations on the journey to Mars.

    NASA is quietly, but openly, talking about going to Mars. It means I will be over 60 years old when they finally do it. But I will be there to watch the launch, and will be cheering and crying when they land on Mars. My parents saw the first man walking on the moon, via TV, and barely understood what they say. We *will* understand what we'll see. We will.

  • Anyone know who did the music?

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