A rocket launch as seen by sky-divers

Illustration for article titled A rocket launch as seen by sky-divers

Yep, that's the weird plume coming out of the clouds, heading towards the sun. Amazing. Update: It's not a space shuttle, it's a rocket. Details below.

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Sorry for any mix-up. It turns out this image isn't recent, it's from 2007, and it's sky-diver Staff Sgt. Eric Thompson skydiving at the same time that a Delta 2 rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Details over at Space.com.

[Title Of Magazine via William Gibson on Twitter]

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I move that all of io9 get together for the final shuttle launch in a mass skydive. Do I hear a second?

CrashedPC, you're jumping tandem with me.