by Matthew Cobb
Endeavour has just left on its last mission and this fantastic photo was taken by Stefanie Gordon (follow her on Twitter – @Stefmara) and posted on Twitpic. She was in a plane as the shuttle passed by and took this picture of the shuttle bursting through the cloud cover and charging upwards towards space. Gives you a real impression of the amount of energy involved to throw that metal box and its frail cargo (which includes a bobtail squid) into orbit. We covered the Discovery shuttle’s last launch here. Endeavour was built to replace Challenger, which was destroyed 25 years ago. You can watch a video of the bit before this – Endeavour taking off and going through the cloud – here.