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."