Loud Launches: Researchers study how rocket noise affects endangered wildlife

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 Center in Houston, She said in a 2005 interview with the space agency.

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