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Photo of space shuttle Endeavour becomes internet hit

A passenger on a Delta Air Lines commercial flight captured this rare photograph of the condensation trail formed after the US space shuttle Endeavour was launched on Monday.


Stefanie Gordon, a 33-year-old events organiser from Hoboken, New Jersey, was flying to meet her mother in Florida when she woke up and looked out of the window to see the shuttle emerge from the clouds and blast into space She posted the photograph online with the dry comment: “Three things about my flight: I can lay down across 3 seats just fine, it was freezing & I got to see this.”

It quickly became one of the most popular items of the day on Twitter, the social network site, and had been seen by hundreds of thousands of people.

The trail is informally known as a “rocket road” among staff at the Nasa base at the Kennedy Space Centre but it is rarely captured on camera.

The photograph clearly shows the contrail, which has been twisted by high-altitude winds and whose shadow lies along the clouds below. t is set against the curve of the earth and the sky blackening towards the limits of the atmosphere.

Among the spectators on the ground was Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona politician shot in the head by a gunman in January, who is the wife of Mark Kelly, Endeavour’s commander.

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