Loud Launches: Researchers study how rocket noise affects endangered wildlife

A flock of birds takes flight during the rollout of the space shuttle atlantis to the launch pad in 1988.

Rocket launches are extreme events, for both animals and humans. “When the [space] shuttle lifts off, main engines roar so loud that a person standing near the pad would be killed, not by the heat from the exhaust, but by the noise of the engines,” Rodney Rocha, former chief structural engineer at NASA Johnson Space … Read more