Check Out How the Pros Used to Capture Space Shuttle Launches in the 1980s.
The end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program in 2011 meant the end for more than the shuttles themselves. One aspect of the program you may not have known about was the plethora of incredible photo and video equipment that was used during the program’s heyday to capture each launch. At any given launch, about 138 professional still, video and TV cameras were pointing at the shuttle, and some of them were downright incredible.
The video above is an old promotional film produced by former NASA photographic contractor TGS Technology, and it shows off some of that tech. From small still cameras, to cameras mounted in blast-proof housings below the engines, to massive observatory-mounted scopes, some serious tech went into capturing a launch from every angle.
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