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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Passengers aboard jet view Discovery launch

By Jason Samenow

Some lucky passengers aboard an airplane out of Orlando, Florida Thursday serendipitously caught the final launch of the Discovery space shuttle on their outbound flight. One opportunistic passenger recorded the soaring shuttle from the comfort of his window seat. Check it out, and listen to the commentary of the astonished surrounding passengers...

Talk about being at the right place at the right time. This is why you should always choose a window seat :)

Also worth viewing: NASA's Image of the Day gallery of Discovery

One more sweet shot: Blast off!

By Jason Samenow  | February 28, 2011; 3:15 PM ET
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Cool video. But the launch was Thursday, not Friday ;)

Posted by: cubscapsfan | February 28, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse


You're right. Fixed.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 28, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

That is so cool.

I especially love that when the pilot or flight attendant said the drinks were on the house, there was a nice chorus of "yayy!" in the background :)

Posted by: jjones4 | February 28, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow those passengers were lucky...

Posted by: BobMiller2 | February 28, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I liked the captain's earlier comment:

If you're on the right side of the plane, you can see the space shuttle launch.

And if you're on the left side of the plane, you can see a lot of people on the right side of the plane looking out the window.

Posted by: ah___ | February 28, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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