Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 05/16/2011

NASA launch caught on camera from airplane (Photos)

Space shuttle Endeavour breaks through the clouds on its launch Monday. (By Stefanie Gordon)
Stefanie Gordon was, as many plane passengers do, napping on her flight from New York to Palm Beach on Monday morning. But the New Jersey blogger woke up just in time to snap some photographs of history.

As she wrote on Twitter: “Three things about my flight: I can lay down across 3 seats just fine, it was freezing & I got to see this.”

From her airplane window, Gordon managed to capture the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour just as it began its 14-day mission to the International Space Station.

See more photos and video of the launch here:

(By Stefanie Gordon)
Gordon also took video from her seat.

Here are photos from the ground of the launch:

The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (By John Raoux/Associated Press)

Space shuttle Endeavour clears the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. (By Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

Endeavour carries a crew of six astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station. (By Hans Deryk/Reuters)

Spectators watch the space shuttle Endeavour lift off. (By Terry Renna/Associated Press)

Spectators watch the space shuttle. (By Terry Renna/Associated Press)

Adam Wheeler, 8, Ryan Wheeler, 11, Debbie Wheeler and Peggy Looten, holding Erin Wheeler, all from Bowie, Md., watch space shuttle Endeavour’s takeoff. (By Julie Fletcher/Associated Press)

The trail of smoke left by Space Shuttle Endeavour after it flew into the clouds. (By Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

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