deployment video

anonymous asked:

Uhhh what about a head-canon about Sam and laughter? Since it's such a rare occurrence nowadays. (Also completely off topic but I really enjoyed the little road-trip story you wrote about the end of SPN. It's going to be hard enough saying goodbye to the show as a viewer, can't imagine what it will be like for J2). Have a good day!

Thanks anon, glad you liked the ficlet!
@why-this-kolaveri-machi​ requested Sam + laughter as well

Some things that make Sam laugh:

- Cas’s consistently just-off-the-mark deployment of emoticons
- Dog videos
- Dean’s face when he’s surprised wearing a mud mask in the bath
- Jody’s deadpan texts about the most mundane small-town crimes she has to deal with (‘HAT STOLEN FROM LOCAL SCARECROW’. ‘I think this one’s a job for you.’)
- Baby videos
- Parks and Recreation (”Dean Winchester!” says Sam, pointing at his brother. “Literally the best brother I have ever had!” Dean furrows his brow, suspicious.)
- Dean’s face when Sam built his own DJ Roomba and set it loose in the library ('that fucking iPod, Sam, I swear to God’)
- Eileen’s carefully diplomatic responses to his attempts to communicate in sign language over Skype
- Cat videos
- The fact that he had to throw out all the shit in his memory box because he couldn’t stop thinking about Lucifer in his bedroom, rooting through it and mocking him

(Yeah, okay. Maybe that last one wasn’t laughter, exactly.)

(headcanon asks)


Orion films reentry at near-lunar velocities

What does it look like returning from Orbit? Well, from the ground, we know that it looks like a large meteorite falling to earth. Some spacecraft have had video footage from inside their cockpits during the harrowing fall back to Earth.

Orion, on its inaugural flight a few weeks ago, had a camera pointed on the top of the craft for the sole purpose of capturing video footage of its reentry and parachute deployment. The footage captured Orion’s reentry from speeds at 20,000 miles per hour - faster than any spacecraft has reentered the atmosphere since December, 1972.

In the video, which was just released by NASA, we begin ten minutes before Splashdown. Orion is just about to enter the fireball of plasma that consumes the craft. Within minutes, we see the ferocity of the fireball increase as the temperature increases; the plasma changes colour, from magenta to lavender to yellow to white. 

Now safely through the fiercest part of reentry, Orion begins its fall through Earth’s atmosphere. We see the sky change from black to blue, and Orion orients itself for a pinpoint landing in the Pacific. The forward bay cover is jettisoned, and the video ends with parachute deployment and splashdown.

Watch the video through the link above, or click here. It’s mesmerizing to watch the video, and it’s 10 minutes you’ll have gladly spent. The timestamps at the bottom of the video represents time until camera deactivation, which occurs about one second after splashdown.