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This will rock any space enthusiast out there. It’s video and some images taken from the launch of STS-129 a fortnight ago. The first few minutes are a bit dull, apart from a wonderful shot of the external fuel tank separating from Atlantis, with the video capturing the shuttle moving away like a giant mantaray. But after that it’s just complete win – and smack on 8:00 it’s an absolute nerdgasm with the video from one of the solid rocket boosters as it separates (seriously, perhaps the greatest space imagery I’ve ever seen). Spaceship scenes without CGI:

Mad respect for the men and women who strap themselves into these things and ride them into space (if you’ll excuse the gross simplification of their skills).