Over on Mindless Stuff…,** Bijou Drains** offered this link to an excellent video:
Space shuttle launch video - from on solid rocket
I have three quick questions:
The “intertank” sequence (from about 15 to 20 mins) has sound. I was surprised that there’s enough air for there to be sound, at the altitude of separation. Or are we hearing sound transmitted right through the metal to the camera, or something?
For how much time after the separation do the boosters continue to go “up” due to momentum? From the videos, it feels to me like at least a minute or two.
What are those things we see hitting the water a good five seconds or so before the booster itself splashes down?