|In the moments following the breakup
of the space shuttle Challenger, events happened much too quickly
for the human eye to follow, much less for the mind to interpret; both
surprise and confusion delayed observers' ability to comprehend what they
had just witnessed. Fortunately for those charged with determining
the cause of the disaster and explaining the sequence of events surrounding
it, the unblinking eye of the camera did the necessary work of recording
the seconds following the breakup both objectively and dispassionately.
On this page I have placed scanned images of official NASA photographs of the immediate aftermath of the Challenger disaster. Each of these photos was taken by a high-speed 70mm tracking camera at UCS 15 south of Pad 39-B at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Click on any image for more information and to see a larger view of that image.