Unique view of space shuttle launch

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An amazing view of the launch of space shuttle Discovery is captured on a mobile phone by a man from Richmond.

Neil Monday, who lives in Orlando now, was traveling here for his brother's wedding.

As they were just reaching their maximum altitude, the captain told them to look out the right side of the aircraft.

That is where they saw Discovery take off.

Neil had his iPhone handy and took video of the entire launch.

He then posted it on YouTube, where it has received more than 1.5 million views.

"I knew it was going to be kind of special," said Monday. "The kind of nationwide viewing of it, I really had no idea it would be that cool."

We've also posted an extended clip of Neil talking about this rare opportunity on the NBC12 Facebook page.

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