For the first time, NASA has released high-definition (HD) video taken of the retrieval of solid rocket booster segments from the Atlantic Ocean, and that will be posted on NASA TV for viewing.
The solid rocket boosters provided 144 million pounds of thrust for the final launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission, according to NASA.
After each shuttle launch, the crew of the retrieval ships Liberty Star and Freedom Star pull the spent boosters out of the ocean and return them to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. After the boosters are processed, they are transported to Utah, where they are refurbished and stored, if necessary.
The video includes high-definition video footage from the recovery ships and time-lapse footage of recovery efforts on Freedom Star. The footage was captured with a Panasonic HPX 3700 high-definition, cinema-style camera with 1080 progressive scanning at 24 frames per second.
The video will be broadcast on NASA Television's Video File. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: nasa.gov/ntv
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