This rocket test is amazing and beautiful..and more than a little terrifying in its clarity.

The genius inventors, scientists and all-around amazing human specimens at NASA have released video footage of what a rocket test engine’s power looks like via a new High Resolution camera.  The camera itself is referred to as a ‘High Dynamic Range Stereo X’, and operates in almost the same way that the HDR feature works for all higher-end DSLR cameras, from Canon to Nikon and anything in-between.  Here are some incredible images illustrating the power that such a massive rocket can release:

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Credits: NASA
The image above shows a test of the Space Launch System Qualification Motor 2 test or, QM-2, without using any modifications.
Now, take a look at this:

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 Credits: NASA
This is what the same test footage looks like with the snazzy new HiDyRS-X camera. It’s incredibly beautiful and for the first time appears to show very clearly the intensity of the fluid dynamics surrounding such a powerful rocket system.
But wait, there’s also video!!

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Pretty stunning stuff, and as some other bloggers have mentioned, it almost looks too artificial, as if if was created via CGI.  Just don’t point it at your face.

 

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