YouTuber "lunarmodule 5" is back with another NASA compilation video. This time, it's a four-screen tribute to the Space Shuttle, showing every launch of the Shuttle's 135 missions. It will make your spine tingle.
The Shuttle program lasted 30 years, first launching in 1981 and being retired in 2011. Along the way, there were two disasters: Challenger, which blew up on launch in 1986, and Columbia, which disintegrated on re-entry into earth's atmosphere in 2003. Those accidents were tragic, but the Shuttle program still stands as a proud accomplishment, a testament to mankind's scientific accomplishments and zeal for exploration into the unknown.
If you're a space buff, a science nerd, or just someone awed by the sight of a 2000-ton space ship launching vertically on a column of flame and escaping the tyranny of earth's gravity, you'll love this video -- all one hour and forty-four minutes of it. [lunarmodule5]