It took only 9 minutes for the Space Shuttle Endeavour to settle into orbit after blasting off on time this morning at 8:56 a.m. While the views from land were certainly gasp-worthy, the scene from a jetliner at cruising altitude was extra cool for its rarity. YouTube user spiitfir322 captured the video below through a window while flying JetBlue from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to New York. Says the amateur videographer: "Watch till the end when the shuttle ignites the other burners."
This is Endeavour's final flight before it is retired, and the second-to-last shuttle flight in the 30-year-old shuttle program. Here are some of the things Endeavor is carrying on this historic mission: