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What’s it like to be a solid rocket booster?

A question, no doubt, which has kept many of awake over those long, long nights.

And now, we have people to the rescue!

From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay by NASA/Glenn a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or replaced with foley artist sound. The Skywalker sound folks just helped bring it out and make it more audible.

Sadly, and because we’re still dealing with the piffly not-entirely-realistically-modern internet, it can’t give you an idea of the temperature differentials (which would have killed you anyway, without the right gear*) or the utterly insane G-forces at play, but hell, it’s a start!

Now, hook up your best pair of headphones and enjoy the ride…


And then watch it again, but this time, only listening to it. It gets amazingly eery a coupla minutes in.


* And even then, I’m not sure…


Massive HT to the Terrible Fenemor for pointing this out to me this morning.