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The loneliest rocket: a journey to space and back



Solid Rocket Boosters have made routine commutes to and from space since the Space Shuttle program first began. For decades they've been used, beat back into shape, and used again. Here's something that might throw a little respect there way. In what David Levin over at PBS's Inside Nova has described as "a film even Stanley Kubrick would be proud of," NASA strapped a camera & mic to an SRB on STS 124. The result is seven-minutes of surreal anticipation, launch, floating, free-fall and then splash down. Enjoy, and make sure you've got the sound on.

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