Forgotten sequence of Space Shuttle Challenger pictures revive memories of the 1986 disaster

by Rachel Baker on January 28, 2014

Twenty-eight years ago today, the Challenger blew up over Florida. In light of this anniversary, National Geographic has put up a couple of stories (and then taken one of them down).

This first article was originally published on National Geographic, but its no longer available. Here’s the article and the pictures from another place on the web.

Instead,, posted 5 myths about the Challenger accident (at the bottom – the second link).

RUMMAGING through old boxes after the recent death of his grandmother, Michael Hindes stumbled across a pile of old space shuttle pictures. As he flipped through them, he saw the launch, its lift-off – then an unforgettable plume of white smoke.

He had found an extraordinary record of the tragic Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986, when the NASA craft broke apart 73 seconds into its flight – killing its seven crew members.

Mr Hindes’ grandfather, Bill Rendle, had worked as a contractor for NASA. But this piece of forgotten history was only uncovered as he looked through old boxes for pictures to display at the memorial for his grandmother in Massachusetts.

“We were just taking turns and I got to the bottom of one box and found in a Ziploc bag these photos, and it looked like Cape Canaveral,” he told Arizona news service KTAR.

“I looked closer and I could see there was a shuttle on the launch pad … As I go through them, I’m watching the shuttle go up, and up, and up.

“Then I see that iconic cloud.”

As he flipped, he saw more and more of the extraordinary sequence of events that shocked the world 28 years ago. The photographer had kept on the job as the debris plummeted earthward.

Check out the remainder of the article here:

5 Myths of Challenger Shuttle Disaster Debunked

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