When the space shuttle Endeavour launched on STS-127 (eventually), people would’ve seen the space shuttle pointed vertically up, riding the big orange External Fuel Tank (which burns up in the atmosphere). For the first stage, they might also have seen the two Solid Rocket Boosters, one either side, which separate and fall to Earth soon after launch.
The SRBs are reusable and splash down on parachutes like astronauts from the preshuttle (and post shuttle, I guess) days of space travel. NASA fixed cameras to Endeavour’s SRBs and recovered the record of their flight along with the things themselves. So here’s a trip into space followed by a quick paddle, SRB stye (from Nasa’s Youtube Channel):