23 May 2010

Amazing NASA Video Shows How Thin The Air Around Earth Is

Posted by Dan Satterfield

Some amazing video from NASA today. It was from a camera on the solid rocket booster during the launch of Atlantis last week. I think the second clip here is the best. Watch the clock and notice how quickly the sky changes from the bright blue of a spring day in Florida to the black of space.

Less than two minutes.

The layer of air surrounding our planet is frightfully thin. Yet, it’s all that protects us from the harsh radiation and vacuum that is our universe.