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Watching Space Shuttle Endeavor's Junk Parts Fall Back to Earth Is Worth 37 Minutes of Your Life

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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.

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In fact, Cnet pretty much nails that sentiment with their description of the segment which transpires between the 16 and 20 minute marks.

The Earth starts spinning and warping; spiky lens flares streak out from the sun; a trail of smoke from the other lost booster angles across the frame.

Then all goes black but for two demonlike eyes of light. A dragon growls. Then: all black. A sudden explosion of light and a raptor's scream. A strange symbol appears and metamorphoses into jellyfish, mushrooms, space flowers, parachutes. A last wrenching clank of sound as a setting sun appears and we splash down into the Atlantic, the parachutes settling into the sea.

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Aaaaaaaand it's available in HD, which makes it TV friendly. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this one in its entirety. [Cnet]

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garynewsmail

The last video snippet showed that one of the three chutes failed seconds before impact into the water. I guess it doesn't matter much at that point, but would these things become screaming terminal velocity missiles of death if there were no chutes?