Shuttle Discovery in dramatic Washington flyover: http://news.yahoo.com/us-space-shutt...133549534.html
Check out this audio-enhanced video of a shuttle launch, and crank it up:
A compilation of early launches:
The first shuttle launch:
It's been real, and it's been fun, but it's been expensive. The space shuttle was originally predicted to cost $10.5 million per trip in 1972 dollars, or about $58 million per trip in 2012 dollars. But total cost per trip came out to $1.5 billion, for a factor of 25. How would you like to take a $400 plane trip and put it on your charge card, only to find out it really cost you $10,000 plus interest?
And it seldom flew farther than LEO (Low Earth Orbit), about 200 miles up. (Apollo's trips to the moon were over 200,000 miles each way.)
What went wrong? These articles explain it pretty well:
http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/shuttle.htm (Scroll down past the pictures to finish this article.)