Shuttle launches are audacious displays of smoke, steam, and a gigantic man-made vessel being thrust into space. Documenting in-the-moment details can be tricky—the press site for photographers is three miles from the pad itself. That just wasn't close enough for Dan Winters.
Having suffered Salmonella poisoning before, I can definitively say it is not fun. And that's why I'm pleased to hear that research on Salmonella and MSRA vaccines has been helped along by the now-defunct NASA Space Shuttle program.
5 million miles later, and Atlantis has arrived home with a thud, and likely a few tears in Nasa employees' eyes.
If I didn't know any better, I'd think I was watching an experimental film and not footage of Space Shuttle Endeavor's last launch. At times, the visuals contained within the 37-plus minutes can only be described as accidentally beautiful.
Since no one wanted to buy the space shuttles when NASA first offered them up for sale, the agency has decided to slash the price to a more modest $28.8 million each. And the engines? Free (pay only S+H).
If the rare event that something goes wrong on a space shuttle mission, NASA is ready with a rescue plan that would undoubtedly make many Hollywood directors and tough boy actors piss their pants.