A back lit matt painting was used while the camera paned backwards at an extreme angle. Note the string in the center is use as a reference for centering the camera. The string was removed before the actual production shoot. Oh yea, and they turned off all the studio lights too!
He was a Systems Integration Planner for the “Service Module” (the SM part of CSM) at North American Aviation in Downey, California. He helped put a man on the moon. Pretty fuckin cool, uh!
The Space Shuttle main engines burn liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Each engine can generate almost 1.8 meganewtons (MN) or 400,000 lbf of thrust at liftoff.
The Space Shuttle’s rocket engines are capable of operating at extreme temperatures. The liquid hydrogen fuel is stored at −253 degrees Celsius (−423 degrees Fahrenheit). However, when burned with liquid oxygen, the temperature in the combustion chamber reaches 3,300 C (6,000 F), higher than the boiling point of iron. The main engines collectively consume 3,917 liters (1,035 gallons) of propellant per second. They can also be gimbled (turned) and throttled between 67 to 109% of their rated designed thrust.
…and during launch that look really fuckin cool!