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.
Click to viewWatching a space shuttle launch from the ground is undoubtedly very awe inspiring, but this video of a launch takes the biscuit: It's filmed from thousands of feet in the air. A lucky guy managed to film a shuttle rocketing off the ground (possibly STS-124) from inside a passing Air Canada airliner. It's…