Up, Up and Away!

Endeavour's final flight on May 16, 2011 seen from NASA weather aircraft

The space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Cape Canaveral for the final time on the morning of Monday, May 16 2011, and quickly pierced through the low cloud cover, disappearing from view for many observers on the ground but not for those high above in a NASA weather reconnaissance aircraft! They had quite the view as the shuttle punched through the clouds on its way into space, leaving a trail behind that cast a long shadow in the morning sun. Absolutely beautiful!

See this and more aerial views on Spaceflight Now.

Image: NASA

…and watch the launch below from the perspective of a NASA Tweetup attendee! (Click here if you don’t see the video.)

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Incredible! It’s a shame sights like this are very soon to be a thing of the past.