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Space Shuttle Launch

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by grange, May 31, 2010.

  1. that was cool. damn that building is huge...
  2. Good find. Apparently at launch all the "exhaust" is water vapour i.e. steam.
  3. Mind blowing!
  4. Yeah, the fuel used to launch the space shuttle is Liquid Oxygen and Liquid Hydrogen. Both combined will causes a reaction to produce water and energy (heat). Something along those lines.
  5. FAB!!...just like Thunderbirds!!..... :LOL:
  6. that is true for the main rocket.
    the booster rockets are solid fuel and quite toxic.
  7. Some figures here:


    The building, area-wise is about twice the size of the our largest power station's boiler/turbine houses, but it's about the same height maybe a few metres taller.

    As for what we see at launch, yes indeed it is water vapor or steam. A lot of it is the quenching water that is pumped into the concrete bays to keep it all cool, figures in terms of megalitres according to this:

  8. Oh yeh, I've heard about it but not seen it from the inside. Apparently it gets it own weather system (seriously). Clouds can form inside it from excess humidity.