Video of the Day: Endeavour's Launch Seen From a Plane Window

Many have been talking about the photograph taken by Stefanie Gordon from her plane window when Space Shuttle Endeavour launched earlier this week. (Mashable's Sarah Kessler wrote last night about how Gordon had been both snubbed and celebrated by the media for her image, which was distributed through TwitPic, a service that recently clarified its terms of service to state that media outlets must ask permission to use its images, but need not credit the original photographer.)

But there's something better than a still photograph: A video. From 32,000 feet above the Earth, one passenger alternated between shooting the television in the back of the seat in front of him or her which showed a news station covering the launch and the actual launch as seen from the plane's window. "Folks, apparently the shuttle is launching right now," you can hear the pilot say over the intercom system, warning them that a long plume of smoke would soon be visible on the right side of the aircraft.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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