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Robert Pearlman

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posted 05-19-2010 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Air&Space Magazine:
Space Shuttle: The Time-Lapse Movie

Last year while training for his STS-131 space shuttle mission, astronaut Alan Poindexter was looking for a different way to document Discovery's next-to-last flight, something that had never been done. So he turned to a couple of friends — Scott Andrews, a photographer and technical advisor to Canon who has shot every shuttle launch but two, and Stan Jirman, a software engineer for Apple. They came up with a winning suggestion: What about a time-lapse video that captured the whole process of getting a shuttle ready for launch?

The result, produced in collaboration with Andrews' son Philip (a photojournalist himself), is a stunning, one-of-a-kind, four-minute chronicle of Discovery's trip from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the pad, beginning with the "rollover" to the Vehicle Assembly Building on February 22 and ending with the STS-131 launch on April 5.

With the help of everyone from shuttle technicians to crane operators to escorts (86-year-old NASA retiree Charlie Parker was particularly valuable in squiring Andrews' team around) the photographers positioned multiple cameras — up to nine at any one time — inside the cavernous assembly building to click away while the orbiter, fuel tank, and twin solid rocket boosters were "stacked" for launch.

Scott Andrews figures the finished video represents tens of thousands of individual frames and at least 100 hours of shooting, using the highest-resolution digital single-lens-reflex cameras on the market. Jirman did the color correction, which took a week alone.

When it was done, Poindexter had what he'd wanted — a unique visual record of an intricate workflow that's been going on at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for nearly 30 years — and, with the shuttle's impending retirement, is about to come to an end.


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posted 05-19-2010 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


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posted 05-20-2010 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing! Well done!

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 05-20-2010 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See! It is possible to process a Shuttle in two weeks...

Jay Chladek

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posted 05-21-2010 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The crane at the top of the VAB certainly isn't a job for somebody who is afraid of heights. That is a LONG drop man. It is also interesting to see how the orbiter is rotated about 45 degrees to pass between the high bays before it gets lowered onto the rest of the stack.

As for the encore, BEAUTIFUL. Seeing Discovery come overhead the camera with the noise it makes from the dirty aerodynamics shocked the heck out of me!


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posted 05-21-2010 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's funny watching all those little "ants" running around the shuttle.


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posted 05-21-2010 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


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posted 05-22-2010 03:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spoon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is Tremendous! It's all becoming very poignant, isn't it...

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