Space shuttle launch from passing airliner
By was on Aug 14, 2008
Some lucky folks got to watch a space shuttle launch from a passing Air Canada flight. And they videotaped it too! I imagine the experience was much better in person, but it still conveys the excitement.
That's one thing on my big "to do" list - seeing a space shuttle launch from up-close-and-personal. I've always wanted to do that since I was a kid and my dad worked for Rockwell. I got to take a tour of the facility that built the shuttles here in California. It was truely amazing. At one point the tour guide pointed out that we were standing on the wing and the wall on the left was the shuttle's skin. Freaky stuff. I even watched them gluing on the shuttle tiles (talk about stunningly boring - it took at that point about 30 min to glue on one tile) Of course, I better get a move on - the shuttle is scheduled for retirement in 2010!