Extraordinary: Discovery Launch Seen from Passenger Jet
Discovery News writer Nicole Gugliucci probably had the best view of Space Shuttle Discovery’s final launch, but this comes a close second. During a flight from Orlando, Fla., lucky passengers on a jet were treated to an unforgettable view: a shuttle launch from the air. YouTube user NeilMonday captured the whole thing.
The response of the passengers on the aircraft was pretty much what I was feeling when first watching this video. “The plane’s going to tip over, everyone’s standing on the right side,” says one of the passengers. What a memorable flight that must have been.
If there’s one thing that stands out about this video, it’s that the shuttle fills people with a sense of wonder, pride and awe. Six human beings (plus one humanoid robot) are traveling on that complex space vehicle that has served mankind for nearly three decades.