Thanks to Mitch over at Planet5D for finding this little gem…
Six weeks, and over 100 hours of footage shot on several Canon EOS 5D Mark IIs culminate in this remarkable, 4-minute time lapse of the second to last Space Shuttle Discovery launch.
With the help of everyone from shuttle technicians to crane operators to escorts (86-year-old NASA retiree Charlie Parker was particularly valuable in squiring Andrewsâ€™ team around) the photographers positioned multiple camerasâ€”up to nine at any one timeâ€”inside the cavernous assembly building to click away while the orbiter, fuel tank, and twin solid rocket boosters were â€œstackedâ€ for launch.
Scott Andrews figures the finished video represents tens of thousands of individual frames and at least 100 hours of shooting, using the highest-resolution digital single-lens-reflex cameras on the market. Jirman did the color correction, which took a week alone.
PS – Sorry about the stupid auto starting video! Whoever in the hell shared this should have know better than to auto-launch videos. Especially ones that start with a freakin commercial!
Space Shuttle Discovery Timelapse Photos
Below are some screen captures from the video. A few are interesting enough that they might make a decent desktop wallpaper.