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OT: Any NASA Space Shuttle geeks here?

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  • OT: Any NASA Space Shuttle geeks here?

    This is some incredible footage from the 125+ cameras that record the shuttle's take off. It's large format, slow motion (400 fps), high resolution with plenty of technical footnotes thrown in. If you have a curiosity I highly recommend watching these. The first link is 45 mins. and worth every second of it.



    Riding the booster

    Take this in -

    4.4 million pounds (2200 tons) and it clears the tower at 60 mph!!

    The Space Shuttle weighed 165,000 pounds empty. Its external tank weighed 78,100 pounds empty and its two solid rocket boosters weighed 185,000 pounds empty each. Each solid rocket booster held 1.1 million pounds of fuel. The external tank held 143,000 gallons of liquid oxygen (1,359,000 pounds) and 383,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen (226,000 pounds). The fuel weighed almost 20 times more than the Shuttle. At launch, the Shuttle, external tank, solid rocket boosters and all the fuel combined had a total weight of 4.4 million pounds. The Shuttle could also carry a 65,000 payload.
    Winning an argument with a smart person is difficult. Winning an argument with a stupid person is damn near impossible.