Louise Walker and J.T. Heineck of the Experimental Aero-Physics Branch at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., are learning how to see shape and detail in blindingly bright plumes of rocket fire. The two researchers were funded by the Space Shuttle Program to document the final shuttle launch, STS-135, with their distinctive images. Image fusion is a technique which begins with image files taken simultaneously at nearly identical angles and positions, each with different filters. The images are processed through minute alignment and warping to match camera angles precisely and account for the inches between each camera’s position. The technique could have significant benefits for future space transportation systems, through imaging new rocket motor development and the Ames arc jets, which test aerothermodynamic heating a spacecraft endures throughout atmospheric re-entry and tests of thermal protection systems and materials.
Space shuttle Discovery heads to space after lifting off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin its final flight to the International Space Station on the STS-133 mission.
I usually would never post a CNN video, because of the ugliness of the format and the ads and what not, but this is such a cool video. 132 Shuttle Launches in 132 Seconds. (Now, 133, because the flight yesterday) Very, very cool. Shows all of them, from flight one. Also, very sad, because Challenger’s doomed launch and Columbia’s final flight are shown. They’re the ones in black and white.
Seriously, watch this.
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What every little firecracker wants to be when he grows up
The Falcon 9 & Dragon Flight is a complete success ! Dragon Recovery Photo | Parabolic Arc
Gemini-Titan 4 (GT-4) lift-off carrying James McDivitt and Ed White for a four-day mission. This flight included the first spacewalk by an American astronaut, performed by Ed White.