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Uploaded on Aug 30, 2009
A news cameraman was despatched to film what SHOULD have been a routine puff piece - reaction shots of the interested parties in the bleachers, at the latest shuttle launch. What he ended up filming was EXTRAORDINARY... [more below]
As the shuttle exploded, 74 seconds in, those who were familiar with launches knew their relatives and loved ones were DEAD - however, those attending their first launch initially assumed the explosion was merely separation of the vehicle's stages. Thus, as some faces became wreathed with PAIN - others were still in awe at the majesty of it all.
But as word of what had ACTUALLY happened began to spread through the crowd like a slow cancer - those faces too became angst-ridden.
Meanwhile, the cameraman carried on doing his JOB - scanning the crowd for reaction shots. When his work was aired on the evening news bulletins, it had been cut down to a few seconds of sterile clips - but this is his FULL UNCUT footage.
It is followed by a piece, recorded shortly AFTER the disaster, where British media hack Alastair Stewart interviews a young woman named Heather Couper, who was the president of the British Astronomical Association. She only JUST manages to hold herself together.