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13 Responses to “Rocket engine test fire”

  1. Brad Gall says:

    I’m looking forward to the book in the next 10-20 years that explains how the internet put humans into space.

  2. kartwaffles says:

    Recorded on VHS, apparently.

  3. Art says:

    Once again,  shot with my Uncle Anthony’s 8mm Kodak “Vacation Master”.

  4. s2redux says:

    For now, I just like seeing all that fire up close.

    I am so using that on my next Date Night. Thanx, Maggie!

  5. GTA_John says:

    Good, very good.  But this, to me, reaches *awesome* — I’m certain that I first found this on the NASA site in HD but cannot find it now. 

    • dpamac says:

      Agreed. That’s a beautiful film. But for awesome, in the it makes me giggle because “OH MY GOD FIRE,” is the static engine test of all five engines for the Saturn V first stage. I wish there were sound.

      • GTA_John says:

         One of the Youtube links on that page takes you to — it does have some sound.  However, “sound” is a somewhat relative term here.  During a shuttle launch, people in the viewing stands (about 3 miles away) were exposed to about 120db (where 140db or so … don’t quote me, use your favourite search engine … is the threshold of pain).  Obviously, the closer you got to the launch pad the louder it got. 

        I’ve been around since well before Alan Sheppard and I never managed to get to Canveral/Kennedy/Canaveral for a launch … though I did visit between a couple of shuttle launches and still have a NASA mug after exiting via the gift shop!  Anyway, even with the noise suppression water, numerous birds are killed during each lift off — so it must get a tad difficult to carry on a conversation at normal levels.

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  6. rvernon says:

    100,000lbs of thrust?  Awwww…that’s cute.  If you want to go all Tim Allen on this, try 3.6 million lbs of thrust.

  7. Thorzdad says:

    Is Bezos’ group using NASA tech and advisers, too?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor with a really big weed burner, that’s Just Plain Lazy.

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