The Sights and Sounds of Endeavour’s Final Launch

Videographers David Gonzales and Mike Deep filmed Endeavour’s final launch with two cameras from the Kennedy Space Center Press Site, and put this video together for Universe Today. They did a great job of capturing what a shuttle launch sounds like, from the countdown, to the cheering of the crowd, to the crackling and popping of the launch itself.

They used a Go Pro HD Hero, which is an HD camera with a 170 degree field of view with its fish eye lens and approximates what one sees if they are standing there at the Press Site for launch, David says. “It is actually a wider field of view than the human eye to show the scene if one were to look around.”

For the audio, they used a Zoom H2 Digital Audio Recorder. “This digital audio recording device captures the sound of launch in multiple channels to the front and rear bringing the sound of man-made thunder to listeners.”

I know every time I’ve tried to record the sound of a shuttle launch, it is so loud it just distorts the sound in my tiny little audio recorder. This captures the real sound.

Nancy Atkinson

Nancy has been with Universe Today since 2004, and has published over 6,000 articles on space exploration, astronomy, science and technology. She is the author of two books: "Eight Years to the Moon: the History of the Apollo Missions," (2019) which shares the stories of 60 engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to make landing on the Moon possible; and "Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos" (2016) tells the stories of those who work on NASA's robotic missions to explore the Solar System and beyond. Follow Nancy on Twitter at and and Instagram at and

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