Atlantis Space Shuttle Launch Seen From Airplane Window (PHOTOS)
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The most memorable part of Ryan Graff's high school graduation trip to Miami might be the flight to Fort Lauderdale.
As he and his mom were flying a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore on Friday, he was fortunate enough to catch a rare sight: the space shuttle Atlantis, just minutes after taking off for its final flight.
"It was pretty cool," Graff told The Huffington Post from the pool of his Miami hotel. "You could see a long trail of flames, a trail of smoke and a little opening in the clouds where the shuttle flew out from."
Graff grabbed his iPhone 4 and snapped some incredible pictures of the shuttle. When he landed, he sent them to his brother, Chad, who uploaded them to his Twitpic account. The photos have since gone viral, with one racking up over 26,000 views.
Graff said that once the shuttle disappeared in the distance, the passengers on the flight erupted in applause.
"It was just a really exciting experience," said Graff. "It was the chance of a lifetime."