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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 co

Added: Feb-21-2012 Occurred On: Jan-28-1986
By: jbpnw
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