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Video: Endeavour booster rockets fall to Earth

Cameras mounted on the space shuttle Endeavour's solid rocket boosters captured the launch of the orbiter on its final mission, May 16, 2011. The video documented the boosters' separation and subsequent landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
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(CBS) If you ever wondered what it was like to drift to Earth from space, NASA has some video for you.

Mesmerizing video taken by cameras mounted to Endeavour's solid rocket boosters captured liftoff of the space shuttle on its final mission, the separation of the rocket boosters from the orbiter, and their fall to Earth.

An edited version of the NASA video can be watched by clicking on the player above.

Six cameras recorded the entire journey, which was surprisingly brief. About two and a half minutes after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center on May 16, the booster rockets separated.

It took about four and a half minutes from them to tumble and fall from the edge of space into the Atlantic Ocean.

  • David Morgan

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