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Photo Info

Dimensions5760 x 3153
Original file size8.79 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceProPhoto RGB
Date taken12-Mar-13 11:22
Date modified18-Mar-13 20:49
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal length24 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/40 at f/4
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 640
Metering modePattern
Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour

The three Space Shuttle Main Engines, in conjunction with the Solid Rocket Boosters, provide the thrust to lift the Orbiter off the ground for the initial ascent. The main engines continue to operate for 8.5 minutes after launch, the duration of the Shuttle's powered flight.

The engines' exhaust is primarily water vapor as the hydrogen and oxygen combine. As they push the Shuttle toward orbit, the engines consume liquid fuel at a rate that would drain an average family swimming pool in under 25 seconds generating over 37 million horsepower. Their turbines spin almost 13 times as fast as an automobile engine spins when it is running at highway speed.