Video: Ride Along with a Sounding Rocket

by Nancy Atkinson on July 5, 2011

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Earlier this year, a sounding rocket was launched to measure solar energy output and calibrate the EVE instrument on the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Two on-board cameras recorded the rocket’s journey, allowing the rest of us to tag along from Earth to space and back again. Make sure you listen to all the sounds as well as enjoy the views.

Video courtesy Goddard Space Flight Center.


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Matthew Kenworthy July 6, 2011 at 5:14 AM

That’s an excellent video, I love being reminded that space is only an hour’s drive away!

Anonymous July 6, 2011 at 6:12 AM

That’s just awesome. In one short video, we launch, cross into space and continue traveling using momentum, view of the earth and space, start falling back, parachute down into grass and see a person.

All it took was 1 minute to cross into space (62 miles). That’s amazing yet so easy it would seem :)

Love the “UFO looking” lens flare.

Anonymous July 6, 2011 at 6:53 PM

The video doesn’t appera on my Firefox browser; just a black rectangle. Works ok on Seamonkey. What to do for Firefox?

EarthlingX July 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

It works for me with FF 5.0 and Flash

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