Thursday, May 14, 2009

Video | Oohs, aahs (and awws) as shuttle weaves the clouds

Shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on STS-125, in a more horizontal version of a photo I snapped.

After starting the video, click the "HD" button in the right corner (so it's red) to watch in high definition

While I fired Monday at Atlantis with my digital camera, I let my video camera run beside me, recording the launch untouched. The lens was set to wide angle in an effort to get as much of the shuttle's trip from Kennedy Space Center as possible.

All that makes for a less-than-spectacular video, but what it does show is how the spaceship cut through the clouds during its ascent. At least that was the sight from Space View Park in Titusville. Spectators at different angles in other parts of Brevard County were able to see more of the eastward trail.

The audio in this clip turned out to be too loud, beyond the range that can be caught on tape. It is difficult to capture the sound of the shuttle without having the reaction of the crowd overpower it. Unfortunately, the people standing around me - many of whom had not viewed a launch before - provided the most dominant audio. But it is amusing to hear how they cheered with joy and jeered with disappointment as Atlantis went in and out of sight.

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