So I was on a plane to Florida…

Monday morning after only a couple hours of sleep thanks to a late night at Yankee Stadium, I boarded a plane from LaGuardia Airport to Palm Beach to visit my parents. It was just another too early Monday morning flight, I settled into my seat and soon fell asleep. Somewhere over North Florida I woke up, found out we’d be able to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor, I moved over to the window seat and with my iPhone (airplane mode on) in my hand, took a few pictures that over the next 48+ hours, would make their way around the world.

After landing and while waiting for my suitcase at baggage claim I checked into the airport on Foursquare and then I tweeted “Three things about my flight: I can lay down across 3 seats just fine, it was freezing & I got to see this.” I included the following photo:

Space Shuttle Endeavor from Delta flight 2285

Next thing I knew I had to turn off my Echofon mentions on my phone because my phone wouldn’t stop vibrating. Turns out the picture above and the photo below had gone viral!

What has happened over the last few days has been, for lack of better words, crazy and overwhelming. My picture has been tweeted by @BreakingNews, @NASA, @WeatherChannel and @JimCantore (of the weather channel), just to mention a few and now my 2 tweeted photos have been viewed almost 800,000 times!

I have been interviewed by (please forgive me if I missed one):

CBS (New York, West Palm Beach and National)
ABC (Miami, West Palm Beach and National)
Star Ledger
MJ Morning Show (Syndicated)
Palm Beach Post
St Petersburg Times
Washington Post (the photo immediately above, ran in the Tuesday print edition)

And possibly the coolest thing…Brian Williams from NBC blogged about me!!

I know there are other blog posts and articles about the photos and me, but I can’t list them all. I suggest you just Google my name if you really care that much. A cousin of mine posted on my Facebook page that she had and suggested I do the same. All I did was type in “Stefanie” and my last name was the first name to pop up! I was above Stefanie Powers (I spell my name with an F because of her, my Dad liked the spelling).

I’m not going to go into anymore details because, well…you’ve probably already read them in any of the above pieces or saw the interviews on TV or read my tweets.

If you didn’t know all of this, you must have been living under a rock!

Suddenly my Twitter following has gone from just about 1,800 on Monday morning to over 5,400 as I type this on Wednesday night. I had intended to write this blog post Tuesday morning but because of interviews all day Monday and Tuesday and then spending the day with my mom for her birthday today, I find myself finally getting around to finishing my side of the story.

This whole viral situation has completely caught me off guard. I never thought anything of the magnitude my photo would have when I sent an innocent tweet moments after I landed in West Palm Beach. I am still in shock about it all. Will this lead to bigger and better things? Well as someone who is currently seeking full time employment….I hope so. As a matter of fact my Twitter friend @Metsgrrl suggested I tweet that I’m looking for a new job and to post my Linkedin profile. So that’s exactly what I did!

So far nothing solid has come though, but there are a few possibilities out there.

If you have found my blog because you clicked on a link in an article about me, or on my twitter page, HI! Thanks for reading. I tweet mainly about sports, and only once in a while about Space Shuttle launches. I take pictures of everything from Yankees games, to crazy clothes I see in stores, to random amazing things I see while walking around cities such as Manhattan. Photography is a hobby. I blog mainly about my experiences in life, sporting events I attend, or sports in general. I don’t blog just to blog. I blog because I have something to say and I think one or two people might want to read about it.

Monday morning I boarded a plane for a week of relaxing, sending out resumes and most importantly, to celebrate my mom’s birthday in Florida. Monday afternoon I became an instant “15 minute celebrity” for a few pictures I took with my phone.


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252 Responses to So I was on a plane to Florida…

  1. MmeLindor says:

    Nice post and great photos. Will continue to follow you and look forward to more blog posts in the coming weeks and months.

    Happy Birthday to your Mum, hope you had a great celebration with her.

    Good luck with the job search.

  2. Cyberquill says:

    I wonder if anyone on the shuttle took a picture of your plane.

  3. TI says:

    Wonderful picture, congratulations.

  4. bigsheepcommunications says:

    Congrats on your new found fame and on being Freshly Pressed and thanks for sharing that amazing photo with the world!

  5. 39articles says:

    It’s really great article keep posting, nice article

  6. John says:

    Caught your pic on twitter – fabulous should be tweet of the year:-))
    I would like to see more of your photos in your blog

    Good luck on the job thing


  7. I am so proud of you for capturing the amazing image and the attention you are getting from this. Being an avid Yankee fan (former NY’er now trapped in Fla) I am also following you on Twitter too. I love watching this picture attention snowball for you. Congrats!!!
    Oh…I am also committing the sin of envy!

  8. Really cool pictures,I think I’m going to buy a i-phone

  9. Very cool! Great picture. =)

  10. lszhao says:

    great photos for sure!!

  11. shobavish says:

    Great to hear the back-story behind an overnight sensation. Hope you get your dream job and continue to tell your story via blogging and photography. And, cool pictures!

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  13. Ms. H says:

    Now that you have been Fresh Pressed, you will get even more followers! Congrats on all of it (unless I should be sending sympathies… it is probably a bit overwhelming!). In any case, great photos! You were definitely in the right place at the right time!

  14. elmer says:

    I think i just dropped my jaw on this one! Amazing is an understatement! Great grrrreat shots!

  15. boomrethink says:

    Mozel tov on the photo! It’s great. Love it when good things happen to good people. All the best to you!

  16. Wow! I wish I could someday take a picture of an alien. Love the photos. And great to know the story behind ’em 🙂 I’ll be back!

  17. Very cool pics! Enjoy the moment and the buzz these pics created….you never know it could lead to something down the road 😀

    Congrats on making Freshly Pressed too!

  18. So cool! It was meant to be! Congrats.

  19. Hey Stefanie
    Awesome pics and story. Good Luck with finding a job, should be easy now. I see your a Yankee fan, you should check out mine and my friends blog/podcasts on our site We live in NY and always have good sports stories up on our site.
    Thanks and Good Luck,
    Brendan Kelly

  20. Those are some of the coolest photos I have ever seen, and I am a photographer

  21. you are having a good week! Now your blog followers will be up too! Too bad my flight to Florida this AM won’t be as exciting!

  22. Sajeevs blog says:

    Wonderful pictures. Its great that you were prepared for these great shots with your iPhone:)

  23. Matt says:

    Great pictures, talk about the right place at the right time!! Just shows that looking out the window isn’t always just clouds!! Hope this fame helps with the job hunt, good luck and thanks for posting the pictures.

  24. saptono says:

    I wonder if your plane flew passing into Space Shuttle launch dangerous zone. It seemed that if anything were went wrong the Endeavour could have went your way. However your picture really great. Warm regard from Indonesia.

  25. Dan says:

    Now there’s one hell of an iPhone ad. I see a marketing deal with Apple in your future!

  26. What a wonderful story. You got a great shot, but what’s more you seized on an opportunity. I bet others on the plane saw that and didn’t snap it. I hope more opportunities come your way.

  27. alyson says:

    wow, what an incredible experience! love the power of social media. good luck with a job. even if one doesn’t come from this, you still have the coolest experience ever to talk about for ages!
    alyson — (I live near WPB, saw your pic in our PB Post!)

  28. Annie Elizabeth says:

    hi – i’m one of those few people who want to read what you have to say. cool pics. good blog. 🙂

  29. Katie says:

    Very cool, congrats on snapping these awesome photos and the ensuing chaos that followed! I found you via freshly pressed, but am wading through all the coverage now =)

  30. Katie says:

    Also (just a head’s up) the links in the post the go to the tweets don’t work. You don’t have to publish this comment, just wanted to let you know!

  31. Edith says:

    I agree with Dan! I bet Steve Jobs is going to come knocking!

  32. myfilthyroom says:

    Cool! It doesn’t happen everyday, that’s for sure. 😀

  33. soaringdragons says:

    How lucky for you to get to take the pictures and for the rest of the world to see them. Coming up through a cloud cover is an amazing photo. Super!

  34. I am living under a rock. Apparently. Yikes, way to point that out for me! 🙂 Great shots though. Bet you haven’t heard that before!!

  35. Dawn says:

    I just found you on Freshly Pressed at WordPress. Congratulations! May your amazing photos and ’15 minutes’ lead to glorious job offers and more great adventures!

  36. jessicaber says:

    Really cool. Thank you for sharing.

  37. You know you got on WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” today? Watch your hit count sky-rocket (no pun intended). I was on FP yesterday and its ridiculous.

    GREAT shots. Happy to see that a “regular” person is getting good credit where credit is due. Enjoy!

  38. James says:

    Nice!! Right place at the right time, and viral was the just reward for a great image! Don’t think a $2,000.00 Nikon would have captured it better. Wishing you all things good.

  39. Lindsay says:

    So magical… congrats! Have fun riding the wave!

  40. Nancy S. says:

    Wow, what a story! I was one of those people living under a rock and had no idea until I decided to click on your blog based on the post title and it appearing on the front page of wordpress. I was intrigued. What an exciting time for you! Great photos, and good thinking to take them!, and best of luck to you on the job search!

  41. Joe Storm says:

    Wow that was a great picture! I don’t believe you were that close to it! Amazing! Your like a celebrity now 😉 hehe

  42. Wow! Congrats! I do live under I rock!

  43. David says:

    Congratulations on your 15 minutes. I think you have handled it well. Enjoyed your MSNBC interview.

    Good luck on your job quest. You have a lot of new experience to add to you resume!

    I will be looking for your future blogs..

  44. Wow. If that doesn’t speak to the power of social media, I don’t know what does!

    I wish you endless luck and prosperity in the job search. Now if only I could figure out Twitter, perhaps I could channel the power of social media as well!

    Until then, I’ll just keep blogging about my crazy life, post-divorce…

    Best of luck!

  45. That second photo is fantastic. It looks like a needle pulling a string out of a sea of cotton.

  46. John says:

    Wow. You’re shot was even luckier than you think! That flight was the second-to-last EVER space shuttle flight! After the Atlantis goes up in July they will glide into the hangars of history and be launched no more. Very sad. I was in Fla in March and I saw the Endeavor on the pad, exactly one month before you took your shot. I’m sorry, I just can’t fathom how unbelievably AWESOME this is! I am in tears of awesome!

  47. thor27 says:

    Good blog how’s it feel to be famous ? I’m gonna add your blog to my link page at later gal !

  48. And now, on top of all the rest… you’re also Freshly Pressed!!

    Congrats! Here’s hoping that this DOES lead to bigger and better things 🙂

  49. sportsjim81 says:

    And now you’ve been Freshly Pressed! Man, got any stock tips or lottery numbers you’d like to throw out there? Congrats on your famousness!

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  51. Brittany says:

    that is so wild! and exciting. viral power is crazy and i think its fun that you got caught up in it for a few days! that’s way more than 15 seconds of fame 🙂
    those are some awesome shots, too.
    for the job (just some honesty from a stranger here) i’d recommend making your post a little less “wanna hire me????” and more “i’m a sports business-something-or-other and am currently looking for a job” – try to fit in as much as possible in those god damn 140 characters. 🙂 just trying to help! good luck! P.S. LinkedIn works really well too.

  52. wordsurgeon says:

    Woah, those pictures are amazing. Must have been incredible to see that (:

  53. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Great photos. Enjoy the ride….

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  55. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Amazong shots!

  56. Joe Labriola says:

    Wow, awesome pics and story. If only I could get Brian Williams to blog about me! Great job.

  57. vandysnape says:

    wow….Kudos for the pictures… And now “Freshly Pressed” !!! Congrats.. Good luck 🙂

  58. T. L. A. says:

    That is sooo cool! You go girl 🙂 Love, love, love the photo by the way.

  59. k8peterson says:

    Wow! So much more entertaining than In-Flight Magazine! Great shots. I hope you are milking this for all it’s worth! 🙂

  60. i’m one of those people that live under a rock 🙂 i just saw this because your blog was on the homepage of wordpress and i thought your blog title was interesting: notyourtypicalgirl

    but what a cool experience to kind of stumble upon seeing the space shuttle!! thanks so much for sharing!

    :shrug: if you ever need some cool recipes or want to know places to hike in NY, check out my blogs thecowswillthankyou and newpensiwareland

  61. Brandon says:

    Very cool! I saw this photo in my local paper, but had no clue it was you who took it! 🙂

  62. cookiegeisha says:

    That’s an amazing story.

  63. You have great timing. We’ll have to send you as an embedded reporter soon. Navicus delivers best-in-suite Employment Screening I am glad to have stubledupon this article.

  64. Brandon says:

    So do you know where you were (like what state) when the picture was taken?

  65. beckyyk says:

    going to space would be so weird. cool pic!!

  66. that is incredible. you are super lucky!

  67. Congrats on going viral…and on being Freshly Pressed! I appreciate your comments about blogging: blog because you have something to say, and if the world reads it, so be it. Good luck on the job search!

  68. girlonthecontrary says:

    I’m going to start taking pictures of EVERYTHING. You know, just in case. Conrats on all of it!!!

  69. glorianield says:

    Thats amazing! And insane…. So have you gotten your job yet? 😉 Yeah… I googled you. Haha.

    Hey, you people should look at my blog! Because… you know you want to. =)

  70. Haha, that is so awesome! I have to agree that you were definitely in the right place at the right time. Put aside how awesome it is that you’ve been interviewed that many times, but it is even more awesome that you got to see something like that! You are one in a few!

  71. ermineskin says:

    very cool pics, what an opportunity and you got the pic!

  72. trialsinfood says:

    awesome. congrats!

  73. Don’t you just love being in the right place at exactly the right time.. 😉 Nice write up!

  74. savingflorida says:

    These photos are amazing, and you wholly deserve the attention! I recently experienced a little web fame of my own thanks to the launch. My blog hits went from 5 a day to 3000 in a matter of hours. 🙂 Not as exciting as being interviewed by every news agency in the US, but still pretty neat! -Best Wishes Jamie

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  76. jessicaber says:

    Can anyone tell me what a hashtag is and how to use it?

  77. travellingrome says:

    you’re very very lucky to stumple upon this unique space shuttle trip, but first of all you were very ready and smart to understand what it was and to take a pic about it. So good luck for your future!!

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  79. maryct70 says:

    Wow … What an exciting few days, and now you can add Freshly Pressed to your list of accomplishments. Must have been a whirlwind. They are great photos though, and I cannot wait to show them to my 6-yr old son who is fascinated by spaceships and astronauts.
    Very cool. Congrats!

  80. Congrats! It’s a dizzying ride from anonymous civilian to Famous Person. Sounds like you’ve enjoyed it.

    What is “airplane mode”??

  81. reversepunch says:

    That’s stunning!

  82. I guess I live under a rock. I’ve not read or watched any of those interviews – but then I rarely watch TV and even more rarely those programs/stations you’ve noted.

    I saw your photo online through a political website – it was clear that the photo had gone “viral”. Amazing photos to be sure.

    Pretty cool though. One of those, ‘right time, right place’ kind of things. Cool beans for you. And, if you can leverage that 15 minutes into something positive and productive, so much more so the better.

  83. FinallyFast says:

    Awesome photos…I know some of the places that used your picture didn’t give the credit to you, but we know it’s you. Congrats on your 15 min!

  84. Saw this pic on I think. Stunning! I’m surprised aircraft were allowed so close.

  85. mmorreale says:

    wow! this is awesome! i would have loved to see something like that! I do live under a rock not knowing about this. Good luck on the job search!

  86. Sherri says:

    Great photo and blog, I work at NASA and posted to my FB…a view of shuttle rarely seen! Good luck job hunting!

  87. Eva McCane says:

    that’s incredible!

  88. Thats thirty miles? Wow, you can see forever!

  89. ournote2self says:

    That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  90. JuddahKie (Vic) says:

    Glad I knew you before you became famous! lol

    Now I can tell people: “Oh Stef? Yeah, her and I go back since the 6th grade” haha

    Really great stuff! I’m happy for you.

  91. Kevin says:

    Nice job of citizen journalism. Bravo!

  92. Heather R says:

    Very cool! Clicked over from the WordPress dashboard and glad I did, that photo is amazing!

  93. Ashley says:

    That’s awesome – what a great opportunity and amazing photo’s!

  94. Lindsay says:

    And now you’re FP and getting even more exposure! WAY TO GO, GIRL!

  95. lgsmash says:

    That is AWESOME! What a cool picture and whirlwind experience!! Best of luck on the job hunt!

  96. Your photo just made this overcast and rainy day in Austin much better. It reminded me of the amazing activities currently occuring above these clouds.

  97. pmwanken says:

    What a fun story! Glad I found it on “Freshly Pressed”. Good for you…and good luck in the job search. (As for me…I was visiting Florida from TX, and as the shuttle launched I was UNDER that blanket of clouds seen in your photo…driving from Tampa to Ft. Myers to catch MY plane…and couldn’t see a darn thing b/c of the clouds!)

  98. Abby says:

    Congrats on your 15 minutes – what a lucky shot!!

  99. prafeston says:

    That must have been a truly awesome thing to witness. Thanks a bunch for being able to snap a picture so you could share with the world!

  100. Aviacean says:

    Oh wow so it was yours! I was wondering who was the lucky person who took a video/snapped photos of this. I was on the ground in Florida, watching the shuttle live, and was wondering at the moment if there was anyone in the an airplane who could see it, and boy I really wanted to get that perspective. A day or two later, I found a video of it on the Telegraph newspaper! Congratulations! Thank you for the wonderful, mind-blowing perspective! It is by far the most amazing thing I have ever seen!

  101. direlectric says:

    Wow, that’s cool!

  102. Patti Kuche says:

    Right place, right time, great shot – and thanks for bringing me out from under the rock that is the twilight zone of travelling!

    Good luck with follow-ups, carpe diem!

  103. Absolutely awesome photos, well done you. I have just spent ages reading your previous post and the discussion that followed – keep up the good work! Really great blog and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  104. Patti Ross says:

    Talk about being at the right place at the right time–with a camera in hand no less. What serendipity there is in life! Keep having fun, congrats on being FPed as part of this step into fame, and good luck with the job search.

  105. Tim Freeman says:

    I live right by Yankee Stadium and I probably saw your plane fly over my house. I should have taken a picture and Tweeted it.

  106. J. Major says:

    Congratulations on your photo opportunity-of-a-lifetime and the well-deserved press you’ve gotten as a result! I saw the image come through my Twitter feed and posted about it on my FB as well. Lucky you were on that side of the plane!!

  107. Porcupyn says:

    Nice photos. I wish I had been in the air at that time :-). Here is the best we can get from where we live!

    – Porcupyn

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  109. richardchandler says:

    wow, this is the first I have heard of this. I was in at the Kennedy Space center for the launch but this is def a cool new perspective on the shuttle! I cant believe the program only has one more lunch and then the shuttle program is gone forever 😦 anyway, I am writing a book, check out my blog if you get a chance 🙂

  110. 00bcakesp says:

    Incredible. Amazing.

  111. jodie says:

    I have seen most of the shuttle flights from my perch here in Orlando. But your perspective was the best. Thanks for posting this amazing pic. Best of luck in your job search.


  112. lycon[MANOJ] says:

    Interesting post, isn’t it?

  113. The Best to you dear! You got two amazing shots!!! enjoy all of it, no matter how long it all lasts…everything that happens leads tosomething new! Congrats!

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  115. Eric says:

    This is an awesome story. Best of luck with your job search!

  116. newmamma says:

    Great post and photos…congratulations!!! I will surely keep my iPhone turned ON (in Airplane Mode) when in flights from now on.

  117. Rach says:

    Wow – what fabulous photos, congratulations! I’ve just had them up on my screen at work here in Oz, and before I knew it, I was surrounded by people hustling for a better look!

  118. summer says:

    Cool pictures,take pictures is a great fun,and iphone is also a good camera,hope for having more photos.

  119. Those pictures are pretty amazing, so I can see how they went viral…I can only imagine the shock when you realized what was happening! Hopefully it works out in your favor for finding a job! Congrats and good luck!

  120. Scott says:

    Well I have been living under a rock! This is the first time I’ve seen those photographs, and can certainly understand why they’ve made you an instant hit! They are astonishing!

    I watched a space shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral in the summer of 1984, from a very long distance of course. The shuttle was just barely visible–I had to use binoculars to see it well. But the roar and the vibration under my feet I will never forget!

    Obviously you got a much better view–congratulations, and thank you for sharing those with us!

  121. Cy Quick says:

    You were correct to be bemused. Similar shots have been taken throughout the years of the space-transportation-system, aka shuttle, and of other launch vehicles. Any illustrated book about the space program is likely to include one. But despite this fact, it is still uncommon enough for an ordinary passenger jet (rather than a supervising NASA jet) to be at the appropriate flight level and map location, and in the appropriate time slot (and before the vapour trail clears), to enable a live view of a spacecraft on its way out there. Congratulations on being one of the few lucky ones to see this great sight in reality. Well done for taking the picture. And thank-you for letting us less-lucky people see it.

  122. J DUBBS says:

    what an awesome image. talk about being in the right place, at the right time 🙂 congrats!

  123. Love the photo is was seen here in Australia too.

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  125. corrie says:

    You deserve the best Ms. Stephanie.

  126. Mizlk says:

    Amazing when life happens just right isn’t it? Awesome that you had the moment and could share that forever changed dimension of yourself with so many!

  127. jcalanayan says:

    I read this because it was the only blog to catch my eye on the wordpress homepage today. Awesome pics.

  128. I’m so proud of you! You captured 2 great photos… and both of them are AMAZING PHOTOS. Wow, what an amazing experience!

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  130. That is AWESOME! What a cool picture and whirlwind experience!! Best of luck on the job hunt!

  131. Margarita says:

    Wow that’s really cool. Your pictures were instant hits! anyway, they’re real amazing though! 🙂

  132. nitikasaini says:

    nice post… ! great pictures!

  133. imaginethespirit says:

    Cool pics you are uploaded wonderful…!!
    keep it up….!!

  134. ALIVE aLwaYs says:

    Such an awesome thing.
    Congrats on everything!

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  137. Nice post! And nice snap BTW. Great thing you had a great timing in capturing this cool pic! Good job!

  138. jessicaber says:

    I am pretty sure that I have been there before.

  139. Isn’t technology great? Congrats, hoping you find employment soon.

  140. carpe diem…I would say you are poised for opportunity and in a position to seize it. Thank you for these amazing pictures! And, Congratulations on your lucky week! btw I wonder what your horoscope reads.

  141. Elizabeth says:

    What an awesome picture! And I totally agree with your statement: “I blog because I have something to say and I think one or two people might want to read about it.”

  142. leadinglight says:

    Instafame from an iphone? Make the most of it while it lasts 😉

  143. kitsatwork says:

    Wonderful snapshot! Congratulations! 🙂

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  145. Brooke says:

    Definitely cool! I find it fantastic that you were at the right place at the right time holding your phone. Good luck on your viral adventure – I hope the crazies stay at bay. 🙂

  146. jessicaber says:

    There is some nice body surfing down there right?

  147. Wow, talk about being at the right place at the right time!

    Must feel great to have your picture and story heard around the world.

    I’d love to hear what comes of this “instant stardom” for you. Good luck with your job search:)

  148. Hey, wonderful photos!

    It just goes to show there is such a thing as “being in the right place at the right time”

    Well done!

  149. Hi there…I work at CBS News in NY…we saw your photos right after you posted. In a word: spectacular! I once saw the launch from I-75…and it was majestic…but your pix are beyond that. Way to go Stefanie! 🙂

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  151. Silvia says:

    Soooooo cool!!! love your pics!

  152. saltybi11 says:

    Cool picture… that is crazy that it got so much attention though?!? Good job!

  153. Emjayandthem says:

    To have seen that moment while in the air yourself? Spectacular!
    To have (and not fumble) the technology available to capture the moment & share it with all? Unbelieveable…!

    Thank you for sharing with us .. Cheers, MJ

  154. sounds exciting. and the pictures really are something!!! :)0

  155. sounds exciting. and the pictures really are something!!! 🙂

  156. Saz Cassidy says:

    Awesome photographs! Wow you are really lucky to have seen such an amazing sight! And god bless the iPhone .x

  157. Really really great shot! The right place at the right time, and THERE YA GO! Good luck with the job search — seems like a turning point in your life.

  158. obsidianfactory says:

    Wow congrats on becoming famous 😀

  159. Angec2011 says:

    WOW these photos are absolutely amazing, I saw these photographs via facebook and only stumbled across this blog post because you “very rightly so” achieved FP on wordpress, well done you for everything, its a great achievement that you can tell to your children, grandchildren etc ect never forget 🙂

  160. Jim says:

    Wow! It’s funny b/c I have a pic from the beach below…but your pic kicks my pic’s ass out of the water…Or out of this Earth

  161. kh2hb says:

    We were down by Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, so we only got a brief view before it went into the cloud deck. I think that same cloud deck the Space Shuttle is punching through is what makes your photographs so beautiful.

    Thanks for taking the photos and sharing them! OUTSTANDING!

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  163. Well. That’s freakin’ awesome. I live in Florida and we see this pretty often. But you have the BEST. Ever. You’re never allowed to be sad again.

  164. Really cool 🙂 I envy you being able to see something so powerful and symbolic like that. I live in Ireland so we never see any shuttle launches pass over as such, something did last year though, I remember seeing it and it was all over the news, some rocket or something launched from the US with a satelite onboard, either way it wasn’t half as awe inspiring or up close as this!

    I think you’ve just inspired me to make an attempt at photography again 🙂

    Fantastic post

  165. Grumpa Joe says:

    Did you land a job?

  166. Olive Tree says:

    I’m afraid to say this, but I have been living under a rock I think. A big rock. So sorry 😦 But I congratulate you on being Freshly Pressed, being famous in less than a day too. That’s wonderful. Must have been a long week for you. Good luck on job search. Now, on that topic, I can definitely join you.. we are on the same boat. Maybe that’s why I have been living under a rock. I need to get to the top of the rock then. 🙂

  167. Lesley says:

    How amazing! It’s crazy how quickly information travels 🙂 I’m happy that it’s been such a positive experience for you, and good luck on the job hunt! Beautiful pics.

  168. cpb says:

    Yet another random commenter, asking if you’ve found a job yet. I certainly hope you do. Fantastic photos, which I saw on a couple of different astronomy sites.

    Keep writing! So many people care about your story now, which in many ways is the most important thing of all!

  169. Hey.
    I just was looking around when I stumbled upon your post. I’ve seen these pictures earlier while reading the news. And now, the fact that I bumped into the photographer herself, feels nice.

    Congrats on your new fame. And really beautiful pics.

  170. Polomi says:

    You truly deserve all the attention that you are getting.. Congratulations!!

  171. Sunaina Sen says:

    Congratulations and great pictures. Its amazing what Social media can achieve. Look forward to more posts.

  172. Patrick says:

    Hi Stefanie!
    I write you from Spain, I find the news about your photos on this site,1_7617
    Greats pics and OLE!!!!!!!!

  173. newauthoronamazon says:

    wow nice to be noticed and get freshly pressed too. Congrats.

  174. Suzanne says:

    I came by WordPress to sign up and found your post on their front page! Utterly amazing photos – congrats on going viral. Wave from Australia!! \o/

  175. metaphase says:

    Hey, good for you! I’m glad you’re having your 15 minutes. Isn’t life strange sometimes the way it can take some unexpected turns from the smallest things? And? Even though I’m an avid (ok, crazy) Red Sox fan, I can appreciate that you stayed up late to hang in there with your Yankees. 🙂

    • I have no problems w/ Red Sox fans, or any other teams fans as long as they respect the game and the players on the other teams. I am a baseball fan before I’m a Yankees fan….an avid and rabid Yankees fan. Thanks for reason! 🙂

  176. It really is amazing what twitter can do!

  177. happypoppeye says:

    Oh wow. From the thumnail I thought you taking pictures of a cracked window. The right place at the right time…

    Too late now, but you could have cleaned these up and probably sold them for a lot of money. …oh wait …Brian Williams!!! Ha.
    Congratulations – you just got the shot that would make most fifteen thousand dollar camera carrying pro photographers jealous. Great work.


  178. Awesome. To most people getting freshly pressed is a big thing, but after all the other stuff you got it probably doesn’t even make icing on the cake, just a mere decoration. Way to take advantage of being in the right place at the right time, congrats.

  179. thor27 says:

    You were at the right place on the right plane !!!

  180. jessicaber says:

    I thought that it was a cracked window at first too, but upon closer inspection I saw that it was actually a beautiful picture.

  181. fotopill says:

    My sincere congratulations… but from pro photographer’s point of view I think you should have sold that photo instead of giving it away to all those big guys… not only you would have earned money but also would have helped pro photographer’s industry… too many photos are floating around for free these days… if you did sell it, then congrats again! 🙂

  182. Well done on not-a-typical blog, ur original, which is refreshing. I share ur passion for photography, especially taking out of the ordinary pictures (tho nothing as of yet as extra-ordinary as your latest offering). Check out my blog if u want, my attempt at writing 😉

  183. Car says:

    WOW! pretty impressive! and such an amazing picture too! 🙂 can’t believe you were able to snap such a great shot! and from an airplane window too!

  184. enjoibeing says:

    yeah ive been seeing this picture everywhere! very nice picture good luck with the job.

  185. Fabulous, the newspaper was right to snatch those pics up! Did they pay you for them? Or at least cook you dinner?

    FYI, I just heard about this five minutes ago…no, I am not living under a rock; I’m living in sub-arctic Chile 😛 Close enough….haha

    Congrats, and I hope you get a job! It’s amazing how the Internet can change our lives so suddenly!

    Wishing you continued success…


  186. That’s a cool story, good luck in your employment search and congrat’s on FP 🙂

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  188. I snagged the pictures last week and thought they were *cool*–being a space buff myself.

  189. That’s beautiful. Amazing sight you got to witness. I’m glad you got to capture it on your phone and share it with the rest of the world.

    What kind of phone do you have? That’s a pretty sweet picture considering your plane and the shuttle were moving.

  190. halfwayto50 says:

    How cool is your story!? I’ve always wondered about those people who capture videos and pictures of newsworthy things and how they react to sudden “stardom!” Work it out girl! Start demanding bottled water fresh from mountain streams, name the designer you’re wearing during each interview, tell CNN you want straws in Diet Coke upon arival to the set, and require that American Woman play as you enter each interview. Hey, that’s what I would do. 15 minutes will come and go so have fun with it! Haha!

  191. david s says:

    You haven’t said anything about this, but your iphone pictures will be forever entwined with this shuttles last mission (now and into the future). You are tied into the annuls of space history now.

  192. faithdream says:

    I’ve seen this photo so now its nice to see the story behind it. I loved the photos and your writing is excellent. A great story to go along with these amazing pictures. Two Thumbs Up!

  193. fatisrecipes says:

    I’ve been living under a rock. Until just now. 🙂

  194. Good Evening –

    Amazing you were in the perfect place and at the perfect time. You also had no one sitting next to because you were able to lay down over 3 seats. Your shots are spectacular. Funny how non-monumental you thought your photos were at the time you shuttered them, huh. Most excellent post here. Happy Saturday evening to you. 🙂

  195. thecastrovas says:

    Once in a lifetime! WOW!

  196. beware everybody, these photos are FAKE, they are nothing more than a piece of spaghetti being dangled over a bowl of porridge.

    Only kidding 🙂 ….how lucky can you get!! Amazing snaps, right place, right time for sure, well done. Maybe yu should buy a lottery ticket!

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  198. nice pictures ! no words enough to describe all things there

  199. Even though it was just a matter of being there at the right moment and right time, i still commend you on your instinct to get a camera (digital camera or phone) and take the picture. Congratulations!

  200. me says:

    awesome pictures, interesting experience. thanks for sharing it!

  201. Jim Cantwell says:

    This just goes to show that with a little luck and paying attention a lot can happen great post and good luck with the job search

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  203. photomi7ch says:

    I enjoyed your account of how you came take the pictures. I can tell you it made the the six o clock news on the BBC here in the UK. all the best.

  204. That is amazing.

    I found your blog because it was in the featured section on

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  206. Congratulations for grabbing such a photo opportunity, and for making the most of it in terms of online exposure!

    (I arrived here after spotting your post at “WordPress Freshly Pressed” welcome page.)

    It seems the folks at NASA were also flying above the clouds and snapped a few pics themselves 🙂

    This was a great moment indeed in the history of shuttle launches 🙂

    (BTW, all the best of luck in your job search! 🙂

    Best regards from Portugal!

  207. Alex says:

    that’s pretty amazing. It’s funny how something as small as two photos can set off a chain of events. Well I’m sure being a mini photo celebrity can’t hurt your chances in the job hunt

  208. Alex says:

    Great pics! and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!; I’ll definitely follow your blog 🙂

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  210. Bravo to your pictures, especially the Space Shuttle photo.

  211. Haha, that is so awesome! I have to agree that you were definitely in the right place at the right time. Put aside how awesome it is that you’ve been interviewed that many times, but it is even more awesome that you got to see something like that! You are one in a few!

  212. merediiith says:

    that is seriously awesome.

  213. Nice post! And nice snap BTW. Great thing you had a great timing in capturing this cool pic! Good job!

  214. Joy says:

    Sooooo Cool~~~~~Pic.. 🙂

  215. Wow that’s really cool. Your pictures were instant hits! anyway, they’re real amazing though!

  216. Let me join the chorus and congratulate you. Seen these photos all over the web. Nice going!

  217. Wayne says:

    Awesome!! 🙂

  218. Totally awesome pictures!!

  219. jessicaber says:

    CNN wants people to download shuttle launch pictures to them. Have you seen their note on their website? Try or cnn; breaking news.

  220. Thanks for sharing content to read.

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