I came across a fine recording and video of the STS-133 launch that is probably the closest thing I have heard yet of the true sound of the power of the shuttle. As for video or photos, I still have yet to see anything that looks like the sun-like brightness of the SRB exhaust. The screaming of the crowd in this video is all a part of the launch experience too!
Plug in your headset, turn up the volume and enjoy!
| Shuttle video from Universe Today |
...and if you liked that, here is another good one.