Thermal Imaging Clip of the Week: Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 – Thermal Imaging Launch Video

Thermal imaging can be useful in many situations. NASA captured the STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlantis departure/launch with a full color thermal imaging camera. Some of the clip is time lapsed in the beginning to show the full scene before it is bombarded with heat blasting from beneath the space shuttle.About twenty four seconds in the jets ignite and you can watch the intense heat fill the scene during blast off. The amount of heat from the spacecraft propulsion system is so intense that the rest of the scene appears black. Then moments later  you can watch the space shuttle descend onto the landing trip after its flight.

NASA\’s space shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981 and continued to set high marks of achievement and endurance through 30 years of missions. Starting with Columbia and continuing with Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour, the spacecraft has carried people into orbit repeatedly, launched, recovered and repaired satellites, conducted cutting-edge research and built the largest structure in space, the International Space Station. The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, ended July 21, 2011 when Atlantis rolled to a stop at its home port, NASA\’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.