The Tech Herald

Video: Last ever Endeavour launch filmed by Delta passenger

by Steven Mostyn - May 18 2011, 17:33

A cool story for the grandchildren. Image: YouTube/Stefanie Gordon.

With the rise and rise of social networking, micro-blogging, and camera-equipped mobile phones, it’s hardly surprising that opportunistic members of the general public often capture amazing ‘on-the-spot’ video content.

Case in point, take a look at the following clip of the space shuttle Endeavour blasting towards the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday of this week.

Caught on an iPhone by Stefanie Gordon of Hoboken, New Jersey, the video differs wildly from the usual media coverage afforded shuttle launches—namely because it was filmed during a Delta Airlines flight travelling between New York and West Palm Beach.

According to Miss Gordon, she was listening to music on her smartphone when the pilot directed passengers to look towards the east, where the shuttle was hurtling from cloud cover towards the darkness of space.

Quickly selecting the handset’s camera, she was able to snap some brief but impressive footage that secured a truly once-in-a-lifetime snapshot of the Endeavour’s very last mission to the stars.

With the clip safely stored, Miss Gordon then posted it Twitter, where it was promptly pounced on by media outlets around the world, all interested in using the footage for their own reports.

Once the shuttle returns to Earth in 12 days, it will join the Discovery in official retirement while awaiting relocation to one of America’s leading aerospace museums.

Around the Web

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus

From Autosaur.com

Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition Pictures

Aston Martin have revealed some properly moody pictures of their new black and white Vanquis...

Nissan GT-R NISMO Available in Gran Turismo 6

Nissan and Sony have added the new Nissan GT-R NISMO to the in-game dealerships in  Gra...

2015 Kia Soul EV Prices

Kia have announced prices for their all-new Kia Soul EV. The company says this is their firs...

Celebrity Photographer Uli Weber Lauches New Goodwood Revival Book

Celebrity and fashion photographer Uli Weber is to launch a new book at this year’s Goodwood...

The Gorgeous Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato (PICS)

World-famous Italian car design firm Zagato have revealed pics of their new one-off Aston Ma...