This awesome film is taken from the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay by NASA/Glenn a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or replaced with foley artist sound. The Skywalker sound folks just helped bring it out and make it more audible.
The movie both intrigues and saddens me. I honor every individual who ever worked on this project, from the brave astronauts (and their families) who went and returned, or who went and did not, to those who swept the stairs and emptied the trash. I honor the accomplishments in science and knowledge that these herculean efforts produced.
I express a deep sense of sadness and anger at our legislators over time who were not forward-looking enough to continue funding for the space program, so that a viable replacement might have been ready when our shuttle fleet had aged beyond its usefulness. There is no excuse for such obtuseness; these individuals chose again and again to throw trillions of dollars into unwinnable and futile and fruitless wars, not to mention some of the finest blood of our nation, while beneficial and inspiring projects like this program – and others which might have been – went begging.
The Old Wolf has spoken.