wolbo From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 458 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4629 times:
Saw it today posted on a Dutch news site. Not a special video in and of itself but of course it has historic significance.
Also makes you think how quickly times have changed. If the same tragedy happened today you would have about a hundred videos on YouTube within a few hours instead of just two and one of those showing up after 26 years.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 6189 posts, RR: 25 Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4616 times:
I was sitting at my couch doing my taxes in the early morning (0100) in Yokosuka Japan.
I had the overnight AFRTS satellite feed from Los Angeles on the TV.
They suddenly cut away from CNN Headline News to a local LA TV station where a young man in a long sleeve shirt, no tie and no makeup was holding his mike in his hand saying "We understand something has happened in Florida with the Space Shuttle launch." They cut into live video and as a space nut, I immediately knew that the three separate vapor trails indicated something had seriously gone wrong.
Really a weird experience.
I knew that a USAF officer who has been the Eastern Missile Test Range Station OIC on Antigua where I was stationed a few years previously was incharge of the SRB recovery teams. I knew he was going to be very busy.
Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1533 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4258 times:
I'm not going to link to the video, but there is one on youtube that is shot at the KSC press area where one of Christa McAuliffe fellow school teachers is on camera during the launch. She still shouting "Go Christa!" a fair amount of time after the explosion untill someone pulls her out of the frame.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10346 posts, RR: 40 Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
I followed every Shuttle launch back in those days already. I remember this one. I thought there was something odd (not normal) right from the moment Shuttle Challenger left the launch pad.
RIP Challenger Astronauts. You will never be forgotten.
Are we all talking about the same video?
This one was filmed from one of KSC's viewing points at the time - not from MCO.
First amateur video of Challenger shuttle explosion revealed
The newly released video, taken by Jeffrey Ault, and licensed from Ault by the Huffington Post, offers a closer and more intimate view of the tragedy than have other video reports previously released by the news media. Ault was part of a live audience gathered to watch the Challenger take off from the Kennedy Space Center, less than 10 miles from the launch site. He shot the video on his Super 8 home video camera, and it sat for 26 years in a box in his house.
Yes. One major flaw (that is often lost on the general public) of the shuttle orbiters is prominently highlighted here too. The lack of an escape system. It is a problem that could never be properly addressed due to the design. Another reason why NASA could not wait to retire the STS program.