First Ever Amateur Video Of Challenger Explosion

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  1. Joe Moore

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    YouTube - New Video of Challenger Disaster Surfaces After 24 Years

    Wow. Still chilling after all these years.
     
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    Wow,I can't believe it was caught on film.
     
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    Yikes. I was young but still remember seeing some of the newscasts following the events. It was such a big event back then in schools with Christa McAuliffe onboard.

    I'm not sure what the lady about 1:48 into the video was doing. It almost looks like she didn't understand what was going on and was appauding the lift-off. Then against, maybe she was gesturing that there was an explosion.
     
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    Of course it was on film, every media outlet in America had this covered. It was a huge deal that the first "civilian" was going into space.

    I wonder how many people on this site weren't even born yet when this happenned. Makes me feel old to see it. I rember watching it in sixth grade science class. Outside of 9/11, I think that's one of the few times I've ever seen the whole country just shut down.

    I actually have a commemorative Air Force style patch that I got from a friend in Florida.
     
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  5. Joe Moore

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    My school was watching it live when it happened. We were given the rest of the day off and they brought in counselors the next day. Though none of us we're really sure what we had witnessed, I was only in 1st grade then.
     
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    Watching that still sends shivers down my spine.

    It's good that the amateur footage has been made public, but still sad to see it.
     
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    I remember being in class that day. Our custodian went to all the classrooms and notified all the classes. We immediately had an assembly in the cafeteria, brought out the tv and watched the news coverage about it. We were all in shock. Its crazy that its been that long. Seems like it happened the other day. And yeah, as Tim said it was a big deal in the schools cause of Christa McAuliffe.
     
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    Damn thats horrible. What a way to go man.
     
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    i was only 2 when it happened, so i dont have any memory of it. did a report of it 12 years later for middle school.

    I see the video, and im reminded of the Columbia disaster.
     
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    I remember watching it as a kid when it happened it freaked out alot of kids and about 3 dozen or so went home early as they were unable to continue with school that day.
     
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    We were skiing when we heard about it. Very surreal when watching it all unfold on the footage. I bet the guy never filmed another shuttle take-off after...
     
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    Watched it happen from my front yard. Unforgettable.

    EDIT: Just watched the video. Damn, that's exactly what I saw that day.
     
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    It would probably be mercifully quick, at least. But still, a dark, dark day.
     
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    Not really according to the official report of the disaster

    They might have been alive and conscious till it hit the ocean.

    Space Shuttle Challenger disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Wow. That's horrible.
     
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    Woah man...
     
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    I was non-existant back then, but hearing about it and seeing the video... that seems rather chilling. Something so unreal happening right in front of your eyes.

    Kind of reminds me of how the whole nation just seemed somber after 9/11. Wow...
     
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    Ok, that's definitely horrifying then. I always figured the breakup was firey enough and catastrophic enough to just incinerate them or kill them by a pressure wave or something.

    But reading that some of the crew likely survived the breakup until impact with the ocean is really tragic. Its extremely morbid to say, but I hope the cabin depressurized so they at least weren't conscious at the time.
     
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    I remember the Challenger Disaster and that was major suckage indeed. I do recall that the astronauts were still alive because Nasa did release that were still receiving telemetry from their hearts (I suppose before the frontend broke off. If it was explained I don't recall how they got it) and thus why they made the shuttle escape pod afterwards.

    What is really freaky, I went over to the Kennedy Space Center and while there we toured the launchpads. Challenger and Columbia were both launched off the same pad on there final missions.
     
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