Safe Mode: On
Rare Amateur Video Of Challenger Tragedy 25 Years Later

A new amateur video of the 1986 Challenger disaster has surfaced, more than 25 years after the space shuttle broke up mid-flight, killing all seven crew onboard.

The footage, revealed on the New Scientist website, is believed to be only the second such video known to exist.

It was shot by Bob Karman of Hicksville, New York, whose daughter now works for the magazine. He and his family were on holiday in Florida at the time, and witnessed the tragedy from Orlando airport.

On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launching from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. It fell in pieces into the Atlantic Ocean.

In Karman's home movie, it isn't immediately clear to onlookers that anything has gone wrong. "There it goes... They must be up there," one man can be heard to say, while others wonder what they are seeing and remark, "Look at the little tails coming down there."

"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," Karman told New Scientist.

He said he only recently realized the rarity of what he had captured and made a digital copy of the old VHS tape.

Only one other amateur recording of the disaster has ever been made public before now, a four-minute recording discovered in a Florida basement in 2010. At the time, the Guardian described it as "the only amateur film in existence of the world's worst space disaster, recorded in an era before mobile phone cameras, when even home camcorders were rare."

Loading the player ...
Embed CodeSwitch Player
Plays: 105646 (Embed: 0)

Added: Feb-21-2012 Occurred On: Jan-28-1986
By: jbpnw
In:
Regional News
Tags: challenger, explosion, rare video, amateur, 25 years, caught on tape, raw video
Location: Orlando, Florida, United States (load item map)
Marked as: featured
Views: 107416 | Comments: 440 | Votes: 17 | Favorites: 30 | Shared: 985 | Updates: 0 | Times used in channels: 3
You need to be registered in order to add comments! Register HERE
Sort by: Newest first | Oldest first | Highest score first
Liveleak opposes racial slurs - if you do spot comments that fall into this category, please report them for us to review.
  • Comment of user 'BeansAndOnions' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • Come on folks, people lived differently back in the mid 80's. They didn't have Google to tell them exactly how a spaceshuttle launch is supposed to look. They had 24 volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica that encompassed a lot of information but was never to specific due to the volume requirements. You couldn't watch a shuttle launch from start to finish with live footage from the crew. You couldn't download it to watch later after you got home from work or school. You just knew the spaceshutt More..

    Posted Feb-22-2012 By 

    (6) | Report

  • I remember watching this live on TV... Brave people those astronauts are, strapping themselves to highly explosive rockets and launching into space. R.I.P.

    Posted Feb-22-2012 By 

    (4) | Report

  • Without brave people like those that died we would never had made it into space

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (4) | Report

  • Comment of user 'MAKMAK' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • i was still in school when this happened. they had a joke back then: NASA = need another seven astronauts.

    looking back now its not so easy to laugh at.

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (3) | Report

    • @Thunderscratch
      Yeah i think the joke started showing up that day. ones like "whats that button do?" and where did the 7 Astronauts take their vacation: All over Florida. Think that's how we handled it back then as kids by making jokes. no disrespect for the fallen.

      Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

      (1) | Report

    • @Godsrage its crazy how we look at things when we're kids, then we grow up and see it in a different light. thanks for responding, at least i know that me and me school werent the only kids with a sick sense of humor :)

      Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

      (0) | Report

    • @Thunderscratch, or how about the one about the teacher on board, she used to teach math, but now she's history... I know, it's in bad taste, but that was one of the jokes I heard back then

      Posted Feb-22-2012 By 

      (1) | Report

    • @squidlipz ha, no i never heard that one! there must be a ton of them. i wonder if any radio dj's dared to say them on the air. i knew a couple ny stations back then that might have had the nerve.

      Posted Feb-22-2012 By 

      (1) | Report

  • Its still very very sad, even after all these years.

    Poor bastards, all of them.

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (3) | Report

  • I was in 5th grade and was watching it in class as it happened. Sad day for America. RIP... Great upload!

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (3) | Report

  • Great find! Thanks!

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (3) | Report

  • That seems so long ago. I remember watching it live on television with my grandmother before she died shortly thereafter.

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (3) | Report

  • home video cameras were actually all over back then, everyone we knew and their dogs had one by 86. hard to believe there's not more of these floating around.

    RIP Challenger

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (3) | Report

  • You know what they say, it's not the height that kills you, it's the explosion.

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • I watched that unfold before my very young eyes out side, shop class. No one was the same after that, no one said shit. I will never forget that...

    Posted Feb-22-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • An event that changed many lives, mine included.

    R.I.P.

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • Awful. R.I.P.

    Posted Feb-22-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • Comment of user 'BowHunter6274' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • I remember watching this at School in grade 5. People that hadn't seen a launch before thought it was just the SRB's separating. Obviously it was way to early for that.

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • To me astronauts are hero's they risk their life's the advancement of mankind. It takes alot of balls for anyone to want to be an astronaut. These people are amongst the best mankind has to offer. At least they died doing what they loved.
    R.I.P
    El Onizuka Mike Smith Christa McAuliffe Judy Resnik
    Dick Scobee Greg Jarvis Ron McNair

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • I was home from school sick with pneumonia way back then.
    I remember watching TV when the news broadcast cut into my watching of I Dream of Jeanie.

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • I will never forget where I was when this happend. God Rest their souls!

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • when this happened was watching it, after the exsplosion the cameras stayed with the intact capsule till it hit the ocean, saw it one time only that day never again, i think they were alive till impact hard to say one way or other.

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

    • @outsidelooknn
      Can you imagine if they were conscious, tumbling around during the fall? Gives me the eebie-jeebies just thinking about it.

      RIP.

      Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

      (2) | Report

    • @Apples01 i have for yrs,haunted by watching

      Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

      (0) | Report

    • @Apples01 i have looked for the vid online never have found it ,, was watching cbs with dan rather reporting i believe

      Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

      (0) | Report

    • @outsidelooknn
      I never saw it, but yeah... I imagine that's one clip that was yanked from the public eye pronto. No internet back then, either. If there had been, the clip would be out there. Probably locked up tight in CBS' and/or NASA vaults, out of respect for the families.

      Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

      (1) | Report

    • @Apples01
      I can see and understand that respect for the families is a worthy thing, but that footage should be available, so as to let people see the full horror, to get the fullest picture of history. After all, no-one cares too much about the Kennedy family seeing JFK's brains blown all over the car, or the Twin Towers collapsing, or any other tragedy you care to name caught on film and regularly aired. It doesn't make the victims any less dead to hide the film, and IMHO, doesn't let the publi More..

      Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

      (1) | Report

  • How different America was back then. I was a 15 year old punk rocker working at ZZZBest Carpet care as a phone solicitor. Our supervisor got a call from the owner to shut down all phone soliciting operations 10 minutes after it happened. Our supervisor was deeply pained by the sudden news as he declared out loud,

    "Everyone hang up your phones immediately!!!! The Space shuttle Challenger has just exploded during take off!!!! I am going to ask all of you to pray with me that all those on bo More..

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • Comment of user 'Zardoz003' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • Absolutely clueless like sheep we wear.
    President Ronald Reagan - January 28, 1986
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans. Today is a day for mourning and remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country. This is truly a national loss.

    Nineteen years ago More..

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (2) | Report

  • "they're on their way"

    Posted Feb-21-2012 By 

    (1) | Report