Passengers on a flight were recently treated to an incredible once-in-a-lifetime spectacle out of their windows.
Travellers aboard a United Airlines flight passing over Cape Canaveral, Florida, were left amazed by the sight of a rocket launching on the ground below.
Images of the SpaceX Falcon 9 departing Earth were captured by American photojournalist Nick Leimbach, who ranked it among the “coolest” things he had ever laid eyes on.
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After peering down over NASA’s Kennedy space centre, he took to Twitter to share the awe-inspiring moment.
He said: “One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
“Aboard @United Airlines 220 flying over Cape Canaveral as a SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off.”
The Falcon 9 launch came as part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s mission to take people and cargo into space to orbit the Earth.
The incredible footage captured the November 26, 2022, was the launch of the new Cargo Dragon 2 spacecraft, the Dragon C211, joined to a Falcon 9 ship.
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It was making its way to resupply the crew of Expedition 68.
It also carried two Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs) due to be taken out by crew members of the International Space Station and put on its outside.
The odds of the sighting were made even more remarkable because of an earlier effort to launch the rocket being abandoned that week due to weather.
The video has recently resurfaced, News.com.au reports, with a second alleged observer posting their experience on TikTok.
The footage has gained over 40million views.
In a caption of the clip the user said: “While working my flight we witnessed this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon!!”
In the footage, a voice can be overheard saying: “This is unbelievable.
“What are the chances of this?”
“Talk about being at the right place at the right time,” one user wrote in the comments.
Another added: “I hope you played lottery because you are the luckiest people in the world”.
“Hopefully the plane didn’t tip sideways with everyone running over to the other windows to look,” a third said.
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