May 18, 2011
Woman’s plane photos of space shuttle go viral (Matt Sedensky, 5/18/11, Associated Press)
Groggy from a late night watching the Yankees, frigid from a chilled airplane cabin, Stefanie Gordon stirred to action after the pilot’s announcement. Lifting her iPhone to the plane’s window, she captured an otherworldly image that rocketed around the globe as fast as her subject: Space shuttle Endeavour soaring from a bank of clouds, its towering plume of white smoke lighting the azure sky.Posted by Orrin Judd at May 18, 2011 2:58 PM
She had never imagined the response her airborne image — capturing the last launch of Endeavour and the next-to-last space shuttle flight — would ignite. The images and video have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter alone, landed on network newscasts and been published in newspapers worldwide.