The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
This is some Super 8 footage taken by a Jeffrey Ault on January 28, 1986, it shows the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger on take off. He shot this from a spot appprox ten miles from the launch itself.
“The excitement leading up to the launch was something I had never felt before,” Ault told The Huffington Post. “It was just great."
But that excitement turned to shock and sadness just 73 seconds after launch, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven astronauts on board and putting shuttle missions on hold for nearly three years.
Ault, who was 19 at the time and visiting from southern California, attended the launch with his parents, Bernice and Robert, and his friend Bill Graber. He filmed the event with his Chinon Super 8 film camera while Graber snapped photos.
Like many home movies, the film sat untouched in a box in Ault's house for decades. Until last week, it had been 26 years since he had seen the film, which The Huffington Post licensed from Ault.Watching this again 26 years later it doesn't feel any less awful. Via