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Space Shuttle Launch Time Lapse

A couple of Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs cameras, six weeks, and a hundred hours of footage = AMAZINGNESS. It’s hard to watch when they hoist it up with cables and not think, “Oh yeah, they’re gonna drop that.”

If you’re lucky enough to get the quick ad at the beginning extolling the virtues of Arkansas, just pretend that it’s the place the shuttle is going. Like you have to take a spacecraft to get to it or something. I lived in Jonesboro for a time when I was a kid, and believe me when I tell you that pretending that it’s extraterrestrial not only explains a lot but also helps make that place a little less, well, Arkansas-y.

via Gizmodo

Image: Smithsonian

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  1. Brian says:

    That is awesome! It’s like getting to see how a concert gets setup or having a backstage pass to a cool show, only with rocket science. I’d love to go see the building where they assembled the rocket — it has to be huge! The folks that made this one need to make more of these!

    Thanks for posting this, Chris!

  2. Chris says:

    @Reid Zimmerman

    I read your comment, and immediately pulled up that song and watched the video again. 🙂

  3. Patrick says:

    That was awesome. Thanks

  4. smartbunny says:

    I saw the last launch in person, purely by luck. I was not very close, but it lit up the whole ocean at 4:30AM; amazing stuff.

  5. Jesse P-S says:

    DUDE, this TOTALLY syncs up with Sweet Child Of Mine.

  6. Joy says:

    Love it!! Flying cars in 2015, by the way!! Only $200k!!

  7. chris sucks of mockery says:

    i wish i could poop thrru the internet ? maybe i can invent that … pooping thru the internet(at stuff u dnt lyk;lyk wher iam now) … anyway, oil tym as in i keep hearing about it on tv,an im getting lost lyk d show lost (which was a show that made me lost/sleep while watching it)… *quck save the frogs *

  8. Locke says:

    I’ve always wanted to see a takeoff in person. I’d drive to Texas to see one, but I’d also like to try to get closer than three miles away. Thanks for the great vid post.

  9. Reid Zimmerman says:

    I watched it while playing Gary Joules “Mad World ” on Pandora in the background. It almost made me cry nerd-tears.

  10. Jordan says:

    Blast off! To Arkansas!

  11. Chris says:

    Sweet video. Only thing missing was the Thunderbirds theme

  12. Beth Bowles says:

    Ah! Great! And I just watched this to this song and it made for a great soundtrack to the photos. ~Jean Luc Ponty – Cosmic Messenger

  13. Roll For Damage says:

    Fin’ dope!

  14. Hunter Triche says:

    What if they dropped it while lifting it all that work for nothing

  15. mariam says:

    As awesome as that is, imagine how nicely it would’ve worked with the theme music of the Benny Hill show.

  16. donnam13 says:

    Truly unbelievable!

  17. Lou LePore says: