If you watched the shuttle launch the other day and you've been reading the popular press, you'd be thinking that that despite the trepidation, some of it expressed here earlier, that this launch was one of the cleanest ever.
And you''d be wrong.
If you, like us here at RocketsAndSuch, watched the launch on TV, you may have noticed that the camera view on board the shuttle external tank was not shown that much on TV until very late in the launch. Want to know why?
Why? Because there was a lot of foam flying by early in the flight. Let's see if they release the video from the SRBs soon. If they do, you will see an incredible amount of stuff flying off the tank. More stuff than usual.
But the lucky part, is that the stuff, for the most part, missed the shuttle itself. It just as easily could have gone the other way.
12 flights to go. Cross your fingers.