Space Shuttle Endeavour launches another Twitter celebrity

May 17, 2011

Twitter always seems to be on top of the latest news stories and has made a number of internet celebrities along the way.  Most notably perhaps Janis Krums’ photo of the U.S. plane that crash landed in New York’s Hudson River in January 2009.

Yesterday another internet celebrity was born as Nasa launched the space shuttle Endeavour for the very last time and Stefanie Gordon happened to be descending on her flight from New York to Palm Beach. Using her iPhone she was able to catch the following shot which subsequently went viral:

Image © Stefanie Gordon

Image © Stefanie Gordon


Mashable have the full story but here is a brief extract:

When Stefanie Gordon boarded her plane in New York City to visit her parents in Palm Beach, the captain noted there was a chance passengers would witness the space shuttle Endeavour’s last launch during the flight. But she never expected to play a role in documenting it.

As the plane descended toward Palm Beach and the Endeavour’s launch became visible, Gordon pulled out her iPhone and snapped a few photos and a short video. On the ground, she posted one of the photos to her then 1,800 Twitter followers.

In a few hours, she was fielding phone calls from ABC, the BBC and CNBC. She had accumulated about 1,000 new Twitter followers, and she had to turn the @mention push notifications off on her phone so they wouldn’t drain the battery.


What an incredible shot and it just goes to show the possibilities that are offered by combining a smartphone with social media and a spot of good fortune!

Happy shooting!

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UK based photographer Mark J P.