That streak of light breaking out of the "space barrier" around the Earth is the Space Shuttle Discovery, photographed by Droid 1, an Android phone lifted into space by a weather balloon.
It's the longest video I'll ever recommend, but if you love space or photography or learning or just stunningly beautiful images, watch this compilation video of three NASA Space Shuttle launches. You're looking (and learning) from NASA's own point-of-view. It's amazing.
As you're trying to squeeze onto the subway in the hurry to work, or are perhaps going to bed after a horrible day at the office, take a deep breath and remind yourself of the bigger picture.