Ultra Slow Motion Clip Shows SpaceX Rockets Launch on Koyaanisqatsi Soundtrack

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Photo: Cosmic Perspective
There are people in this world that make a living by filming space rocket launches across the globe. Thanks to them, we’re always in the loop when it comes to space exploration, and over the years some stunning images came our way thanks of their presence near launch pads.
Cosmic Perspective is just such a group of people, specializing in providing a unique view of such events. Using augmented reality, they twist and turn the videos they shoot until something marvelous comes out the other end.

Such a video is the one below, posted by Cosmic Perspective this week. Part of a wider project aimed at giving us all the chance of a “stunning journey to the forefront of space exploration,” the 7-minutes long clip is a delight to look at.

The images show launches of various SpaceX rockets and were shot using autonomous cameras placed near the launch pads. Using undisclosed techniques and tools, the organization slowed the images down to near perfection.

Cosmic says it took inspiration for the clip from Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 experimental film Koyaanisqatsi. More than that, they even used one of the tunes on the film’s original soundtrack, Prophecies.

What resulted is a combination of image and sound that is unique in the realm of rocket launch videos.

Cosmic Perspective is currently in the process of making a documentary short titled Guidance Internal: Lessons from Astronauts. The project is live on Kickstarter and, if successful, will see an “altered perception short film” being launched alongside an “augmented reality book.” Both will include shots of rocket launches and interviews with astronauts.

Cosmic Perspective aims to rally enough people in the 20 days remaining on Kickstarter to meet its $42,000 goal. So far, 112 backers chipped in around $14,500.

The full list of benefits for backing this project can be found at this link.

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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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