The Jan. 28, 1986 "Challenger Disaster" made headlines last month when Beyonce used audio from the space shuttle explosion in a song titled "XO." The audio snippet featured NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbit saying, "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction." Beyonce later apologized for her "innocent" usage of the audio saying that it was merely a "tribute."
This time, however, the Challenger is in the public-eye once again, but for a more humbling reason.
After losing his grandmother in Quincy, Mass., Michael Hindes was looking through old family photographs for her impending memorial. Then, he got a surprise
Hindes' grandfather, Bill Rendle, was a NASA contractor, witnessing "just about every launch. In an "overwhelming moment of realization" Hindes realized that in a box of old photographs, he was staring at unreleased pictures of the Challenger launch clip-by-clip. "The set of 26 images starts with the launch, the shuttle, the takeoff and ends with unforgettable plumes of white smoke against a blue January sky," reports Fox 13.
Hindes posted his findings on Reddit. "I watched this happen live on TV with my class in fourth grade, and anyone who knows what that was like also knows that it's something that will stick with you forever," Hindes wrote.
Seventy-three seconds after the launch, the shuttle broke apart, killing all seven crew members due to a faulty O-ring seal. "Many people recalled seeing the ship explode, as a fire ball fell to the earth. Investigators were able to determine that the shuttle did not really explode, and the fire ball was caused by propellant tanks" reported Web Pro News. "Investigators also determined that although the shuttle broke apart at the 73 second mark, the crew members were not killed instantly and likely survived until the Challenger fell 65,000 back into the water, two minutes and 45 seconds after breakup."
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