Monday, March 12, 2012

Rare Challenger Video: Super 8 Film of Space Shuttle Disaster Uncovered

Although, it has been decades since the unfortunate disaster of space shuttle Challenger soon after the lift off, there has been no unofficial video of the disaster ever released. However, recently a rare film of the 1986 Challenger explosion, taken by Jeffrey Ault of Orange City, Fla., has emerged. It is perhaps the only amateur recording of the event on film.

Jeffrey Ault holds the Chinon Super 8 camera and roll of film he used to capture the footage of the Challenger launch and explosion. Credit: Debi McNabb
The video begins with the countdown to launch, and as the Challenger lifts off, cheers and applause can be heard in the background. The camera follows the shuttle as it climbs, reaching a height of more than nine nautical miles. At 73 seconds, a fireball appears and a woman screams. It's not until 39 seconds later that Steve Nesbitt's chilling words can be heard from the Mission Control Center: "Flight control is here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction."

The film ends moments after Nesbitt announces that the vehicle has exploded.
The film has been made available exclusively to The Huffington Post. and can be see Here


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