Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction (testing4l) wrote,
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction

Back from the launch. The shot was gorgeous. The AP took some historical archive footage that future generations might remember this, though it won't be shown on TV. The press boys think that the icon of missile launches might frighten people.

I guess, if I were out of the loop and prone to panic, it might frighten me too. I guess we'll never have a press incident like the old "War of the Worlds" broadcast again at this rate.

When going through the design, I did everything I could -- a nonzero amount -- to suggest the addition of live recorders with video and audio to the launch vehicles. The cost was minimal and the value of being able to see the rocket's eye view is enormous. The relay satellites are taking in a tremendous amount of data from those rockets and storing them at Mission Control. When it's all said, done, and declassified, we'll have beautiful images and sound of the first nuclear warheads used in space.

The sound will only be while its going through the atmosphere, though the thin atmosphere around the moon and the air escaping the kill vehicle when it hits may allow for some idea of what it sounds like to be very near a nuclear blast.

I'm told that the end of the audio will be a high pitched whine as the electronics fail and begin to melt. Still -- it's anyone's guess when it comes right down to it.

Anyway, here's one of the images that's considered public domain. It's not much, but it's something at least.

Naturally, it's behind a cut and branded -- we weren't allowed our own photo equipment as one might imagine. One of the Reuters guys got it to me post-edit. It's low-res, but a nice picture of where I spent the day today.

EDIT: Sorry folks, I fouled up that URL. =/
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