REENTRY / EMERGENCY LANDING ______________________________________
"Cassiopeia" on final approach, belly down, ready to make atmospheric reentry.
Air friction starts to heat the belly of the spacecraft.
Engulfed in an envelope of dense air
superheated by the friction generated by the spacecraft's
hypersonic velocities, the "Cassiopeia" falls past us and farther into the Earth's atmosphere.
Here we see some of the engine detail as the spacecraft continues falling.
COMPUTER VOICE (soft female): 10 ..9 ..8 ..7 ..6 .
Amid the roar of engines, the "Cassiopeia" tries to correct its downward spiral.
The view shakes, distorts, and swirls violently as the "Cassiopeia" makes course corrections.
All the displays are shaking violently in
the turbulence that the spacecraft is experiencing.
Multiple alarms and warnings are heard.
COMPUTER VOICE (soft female): EMERGENCY LANDING PROCEDURE INITIATED.
COMPUTER VOICE (soft female): .4 .3 .2 .1 .IMPACT
The "Cassiopeia" rapidly
descends over mountainous / desert terrain until
an automated countdown reaches zero. Impact and slide-out. The screen goes white.
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