Amateur video of Challenger explosion discovered

Another reason why you should digitize your old home movies

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New Scientist has posted on its blog a new video of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which has surfaced more than 26 years after the incident that took the lives of seven astronauts.

Anyone living during that time remembers the constant news footage of the explosion, so seeing the event from a different angle is definitely intriguing.

From the New Scientist blog post:

"Captured by registered nurse Bob Karman, the chilling raw footage was filmed from Orlando airport, just 80 kilometres from the launch site, as he was returning from a family vacation at Disney World. His late wife and 3-year-old daughter Kim, who now works at New Scientist, are visible in the beginning of the clip. "After shooting the video, I had a sense that something went wrong but it wasn't until we were on the plane that the pilot confirmed the tragedy," he says.

"Karman always remembered filming the event but it was only recently, while researching historic amateur videos, that he became aware of the video's rarity. Captured in an era that precedes mobile phones, when few people owned camcorders, it's one of few video recordings of the disaster by a member of the public.

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