I was watching it on FNC, and they had a bar at the bottom of the screen that measured the shuttle's speed; Final displayed speed before disengagement of the external fuel tank was roughly ~26,000 FPS (~17,700 MPH)...
That was really interesting for me to see the speed climb up in real time, since I never knew how fast a space shuttle could travel during launch...That's some serious ass-hauling!
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