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Watch: Space Shuttle Discovery Launch from an Airplane


Passengers who booked seats on the right side of a flight out of Orlando earlier this week got a bonus with their tickets — a view of the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. Passengers on the left side weren't so lucky.


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  1. That is a fantastic shot!

    Posted by: Jacob Woods | Feb 27, 2011 2:45:25 PM

  2. Wow!

    Posted by: sparks | Feb 27, 2011 3:06:44 PM

  3. To think that there are people in there...

    Posted by: stingo | Feb 27, 2011 3:18:11 PM

  4. Amazing.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 27, 2011 3:34:13 PM

  5. What a treat!

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 27, 2011 3:35:15 PM

  6. Frigging impressive! Nice video!

    Posted by: neppy503 | Feb 27, 2011 5:32:20 PM

  7. When I was in flight school, before 9/11, one of our practice areas was near Cape Canaveral and we were able to fly very close to the launch site. During a lesson, shortly before dusk, I had the unique opportunity to watch a shuttle launch from a Cessna 172 and within probably 50 miles of the launch. The sun had just dipped below the horizon and as the shuttle ascended into the heavens the plume caught more of the sun's rays and turned from a deep bluish-purple to red and then orange and yellow and then white. It was probably one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen and it had such a humbling effect. I only wish I had had a camera with me.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 27, 2011 11:00:10 PM

  8. @D.R.H. Thanks for sharing the memory. I recall getting up at the crack of dawn, spell-bound by the televised images of those first U.S. space-program launches. Gonna miss these magic rides into the future.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Feb 28, 2011 7:58:20 AM

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