Look up in the sky it’s a bird, it’s a plane, well Thursday, it was actually the space shuttle. Passengers on board a flight from Orlando had the rare opportunity to see space shuttle Discovery’s final launch while in flight. YouTube video of the launch taken by a passenger is trending high in the United States and also in the United Kingdom.
On the YouTube video you can hear the passengers saying how they are in awe of seeing history in the making and it is a decent view of the Space Shuttle Discovery in the distance. At one point on the video you hear an announcement saying, "Those of you on the right side of the aircraft you can see the space shuttle, those of you on the left side of the aircraft can probably see the people on the right side of the aircraft looking at the space shuttle.
According to NASA, during space shuttle Discovery's final spaceflight, the STS-133 crew members are taking important spare parts to the International Space Station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4.
Steve Bowen replaced Tim Kopra as Mission Specialist 2 following a bicycle injury on Jan. 15 that prohibited Kopra from supporting the launch window. Bowen last flew on Atlantis in May 2010 as part of the STS-132 crew. Flying on the STS-133 mission will make Bowen the first astronaut ever to fly on consecutive missions.”
The passengers on board this flight are clearly excited about their bird’s eye view of the space shuttle Discovery’s final launch and at one point you hear a flight attendant joke with the passengers about allowing them to see the launch so they cannot complain about being late. He even tells them drinks are on the house.
To see video of the space shuttle Discovery’s final launch from inside the airplane click on YouTube video link. To learn more about Discovery click here.