The rare footage was found by Bob Karman from Hicksville, New York, whose daughter, Kim, now works at the New Scientist. Kim also appears at the beginning of the film when she was just three years old.
Karman digitized the clip from a VHS tape after learning of the video’s rarity.
The Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986, just 73 seconds into its flight.
“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.
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