Shuttle Endeavour: A piece of space history flies by in slow motion

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This is incredible footage of the historic last flight of the Endeavour (see my previous post here: Toyota Tundra to Tow Space Shuttle Endeavour on Last Leg of Journey to the California Science Center)

Shuttle Endeavour: A piece of space history flies by in slow motion from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

NASA’s Endeavour Shuttle lands at Los Angeles International airport on its final flight atop a 747.
This footage was shot with a RED Epic, at 5K resolution, at 96 frames per second with a Canon 800mm 5.6 lens.

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NASA’s Shuttle fleet was retired last year after 30 years of flight. Endeavour is the second of three remaining shuttles to head to its retirement home – in this case the the California Science Center.
Endeavour, the youngest shuttle, replaced Challenger which tragically blew up during liftoff in 1986.
During 25 missions, Endeavour spent 299 days in space and orbited the earth nearly 4,700 times, racking up 123 million miles.

It was a beautiful day – hampered by some pretty heavy duty heat waves as you’ll see, given that the shuttle landed at 1 p.m.

Special thanks to Jon Carr for his help on the shoot, and for the edit.

Oh and… HOLY HEAT WAVES!

Even his test footage is amazing:

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Been…. from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

This was shot 2 hours prior to Shuttle Endeavor’s landing at LAX (vimeo.com/49952767) You’ll notice two strokes of bad luck:
1. The heat rose significantly in those two hours causing significant heat waves in the final video. (link above)
2. The Shuttle didn’t line up on the southernmost runway at LAX (there are two South runways… something I now know all too well!) and well… the rest if history.

Shot with a RED Epic at 4K with a Canon 800mm 5.6 lens and 1.4X Converter at 120 frames per second. I decided to remove the teleconverter to allow for the fact that the shuttle atop the 747 would fill up the frame even more and also went to 5K for the final shot of the Endeavor.

For more on this, and behind the scenes pictures go to: blog.vincentlaforet.com/2012/09/21/a-little-piece-of-history-flies-by-in-slow-motion/

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