March 13th, 2012
11:41 AM ET

New Challenger explosion video surfaces

Rummaging through old storage boxes, Jeffrey Ault uncovered a Super 8 film he hadn't seen in more than 25 years. Just weeks after the release of a rare home video of the Challenger explosion from a nearby airport, Ault unveiled his own film from that day.

An avid space enthusiast, the then-19-year-old recorded the horrific event from the Kennedy Space Center viewing site. Unlike the two other known home videos, his view was very close, less than 10 miles from the launch site.

"The anticipation was building - everything leading up to the launch was just an incredible feeling," Ault told CNN affiliate WESH. But as for many who witnessed that day, his excitement soon turned to heartbreak. "As the seconds went on, and you realized these two trails were going off and you saw debris falling, and you just knew something was wrong."

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  1. Portland tony

    Let's see some new videos of American triumphs.... Not it's catastrophic failures. Oh,_ you can't find any such video?

    March 14, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  2. krehator

    Ya gotta wonder about people who get thrilled over a video of people dying...

    March 14, 2012 at 2:13 am |
  3. hausinbauderaudisauder

    this was a bad day for NASA, and on top of that it could have been prevented, 20.000 smart people and 20.000 smart people backing them up, and they failed, just because they wanted too get a TV shot. they got there shot .

    March 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  4. HaaK

    All of you idiots that say this isn't news, take a look at what section of CNN you are in. Lame-o's.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  5. Wyla

    Not sure why this matters. Just another angle on a horrific tragedy. This guy wants a payday, that's all.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Dawn

      Why did you click on the story, if that's the case?

      March 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  6. trawl

    Oh shut your pie hole!! this is not new!!!!
    CNN, how about sticking to real stories??

    March 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  7. trawl

    Oh shut your pie hole!! this is not new!!!!

    March 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm |

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