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.

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


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