Keta From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 448 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 13297 times:
I was wondering, what is it like when the Space Shuttle comes back to Earth? When the Shuttle enters the atmosphere, it heats up to the point where the lower surface gets 'red'. Do the astronauts see it all red from the cockpit, or are the windows blocked for the high temperature? Or do they see it like if it was any other plane? Do you have any pic of the reentry from the inside?
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1051 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13040 times:
I live in North Texas and have seen one or two of the night re-entries. I can't remember all of the missions, but I do remember watching Columbia's Chandra Telescope Observatory mission come home, it was quite spectacular!
The ion trail was amazing. It began toward the southwest and went straight up before arcing to the east and shooting across the entire horizon in a few seconds.