The Fear of Falling Up, the Joy of Falling Down

NASA – Space Shuttle News

I’m not sure there has ever been video quite like this. Thanks to the LifePort Staff Blog for pointing it out (via other sites). The most breathtaking of the bunch is “Right forward SRB camera” but the remaining have their moments as well, including views from underneath the waves. There were moments when I needed to grab my chair in delighted terror.
Why has NASA not been equipping their spacecraft and rockets with several web cams to capture launches all along!? This is perhaps the most powerful public outreach practice available to space agencies. There should be video (and audio) feeds available from both the launch vehicle and the ground whenever possible.

Public support requires public involvement, whether direct or passive. Do not tell us it is exciting…show us the real dynamics of space travel! I hope these videos are a sign of more good things to come from NASA.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).

2 thoughts on “The Fear of Falling Up, the Joy of Falling Down”

  1. It would be awesome to have have footage like this from the beginning. Sadly, we’ve got it (I think) because of return to flight requirements.It takes a government agency to turn something that is, in the abstract, fascinating and thrilling and turn it into ‘meh’. NASA TV for example – live 24×7 coverage of the Shuttle. And it’s duller ‘n dirt. I”m not saying they shouldn’t do what they’re doing. But … couldn’t they jazz it up a little? Music videos, live animation, puppets .. something.

  2. NASA should be able to do…something. Right now there is some promise with individual projects. Scientists getting involved in outreach, exploring new media like podcasts and video podcasts. Eventually, NASA should figure out marketing.

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