Think about what would happen if you stood on a launch pad as a rocket blasts up to space right in front of you at 4.9 miles per second. I’ll tell you what would happen: You would die, so hard. That’s because there’s a lot of fire—a real shit ton—and if you’re standing that close to that much fire, it’s reasonable to assume that you would swiftly leave this world in a sea of flames, just like that rocket.
But don’t take my word for it. NASA, Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are producing a 360-degree live broadcast of the Atlas V 401 rocket launch on April 18—the first ever live stream of its kind. You’ll get to watch from the vantage of the launch pad, allowing you to stand “where you would otherwise surely die,” as ULA’s CEO Tony Bruno told Inverse. Told ya.
According to Inverse, the cameras will be 100 yards from the rocket, which is carrying Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft and its 7,600 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station. This is about as close as the cameras can get without presumably melting into smithereens, but despite all the tests and trial runs, “there’s a chance it could not go as planned,” Orbital ATK’s Sarah McNulty told Inverse. All the more reason to watch.
You’re not doing anything better on a Tuesday morning, so tune into the livestream tomorrow for a reminder of how dope technology is. Watch it on NASA’s YouTube channel starting at 11 a.m. ET.