posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 10:46 AM
reply to post by LightSpeedDriver
Its ice, if you mean right after liftoff. Notice how the entire pad looks frosted over from the LOX. Also notice around 5:10 as a booster hits the
atmosphere at all of the ice that built up after they ran out of fuel broke free, in fact the atmosphere even ignited momentarily some unused fuel for
a second around that point.
It looks like tiles and could very well be, as it also looks like a lot of tiles are already missing, or the replacement tiles just aren't the same
color. The black tiles on the Shuttle have additional carbon for greater heat protection, it is possible that through the 30 years of developments
that NASA created a better tile with a different elemental composite, and became unnecessary to be blackened with carbon. Something I haven't looked
The tiles are really cool, one can hold one in his bare hands while the tile still has an internal heat of about 2,400ºF. An amazing composite.