Decades after the tragedy, a fragment of the Challenger was found

(ORDO NEWS) — Nearly 37 years ago, the world watched in horror as an explosion destroyed the Space Shuttle Challenger.

The accident occurred 73 seconds after launch and claimed the lives of seven astronauts. The memories of the wreckage of the shuttle falling into the sea remain with everyone who witnessed the disaster.

After that, NASA searched for the wreckage of the shuttle. The agency found a lot of wreckage immediately after this event.

Recently, a film crew working on a show for the History Channel discovered a 20-foot wreck of the Challenger at the bottom of the ocean. . It was a stunning and completely unexpected find.

Decades after the tragedy a fragment of the Challenger was found
Divers have found a wreck of the Challenger at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Florida

The team’s real goal was to find the remains of ships lost in the Bermuda Triangle. In fact, this region is located far to the southeast of the Space Coast.

This is the first major find of the wreckage of the catastrophe in more than 25 years. Underwater explorer and marine biologist Mike Barnett, who led the team, said the team realized very quickly that they had something unique.

“The significance of this large part of the Challenger design was clear,” he said.

“We realized the need to bring this find to the attention of NASA.

The place, which lies outside the Bermuda Triangle off the coast of Florida, marks the death of seven brave astronauts – fellow explorers – and the Challenger disaster was a tragic setback for the American space program.

But important lessons were learned from this horrific event that ultimately led to significant advances in space exploration.”

Ahead of NASA

The team immediately alerted NASA and shared footage taken by divers. Agency officials examined it and readily agreed that the wreckage was very similar to that of the Challenger.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson confirmed the find in a public statement.

“Almost 37 years have passed since seven brave and courageous explorers died aboard the Challenger, this tragedy will forever remain in the collective memory of our country.

For millions of people around the world, including myself, January 28, 1986 still feels like yesterday,” he said.

“This discovery gives us the opportunity to pause once more, to celebrate the legacy of the seven discoverers we lost, and to reflect on how this tragedy has changed us.

At NASA, safety is a core value and must forever remain our top priority, especially as our missions explore more space than ever before.”

Space shuttle artifacts like this one are the property of the US government. The rest of the shuttle is memorialized and placed in a bunker at Launch Complex 31 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.

One piece is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex nearby, and the dead crews are memorialized there. NASA will work with astronaut families to decide how to handle the newly found artifact.

The History Channel and Challenger

The video of the team’s discovery will be part of a program called “Bermuda Triangle: Into Damned Waters.” It will air on November 22 as part of a story about shipwrecks off the coast of Florida.

“The historic and emotional discovery of this Challenger artifact by our incredible team reinforces the History Channel’s mission to preserve important sites.

And stories from our national heritage,” said Eli Lehrer, the network’s executive vice president and head of programming.

“While the remarkable discovery of the wreck of the Challenger was not part of our diving team’s original mission to explore Bermuda, the Triangle, the historical significance of the find cannot be underestimated.”


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