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The Space Shuttle SRBs had cameras as well, one of them on each SRB was looking down just like the ET camera that streamed live during launches. Those down-looking SRB cameras were referred to as the left and right forward camera. Why is this? Isn't looking in the direction it flies from "backward" rather than "forward"?

Here's footage from the "forward" cameras.

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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps "forward" isn't referring to the direction the camera is looking, but rather where on the SRB the camera is located, just as locations are indicated on a ship or vessel. $\endgroup$
    – Dragongeek
    Feb 26 at 12:41

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That's because the camera is on the forward end of the SRB. See the names of the two skirts, for instance.

SRB schematic

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