Wreckage Of The Tragic Challenger Spacecraft From 1986 Discovered Near Bermuda Triangle

NASA has confirmed that debris recently discovered off Florida's Atlantic coast was from the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded on January 28, 1986, tragically killing all seven astronauts on board.

Divers inspecting segments of the Challenger space shuttle
Divers inspecting segments of the Challenger space shuttle

A 20-foot section of Challenger's hull was discovered by divers who were searching for downed World War II aircraft as part of a documentary series filmed by the History Channel.

Northwest of the Bermuda Triangle, a patch of ocean floor containing debris that looked relatively modern was seen, partially covered in sand.

The filmmakers contacted NASA about their discovery given the proximity of the debris' to the Kennedy Space Flight Center in Florida.

NASA examined the footage captured by the filmmakers and confirmed that the debris did indeed come from Challenger.

NASA announced the discovery on November 10, after informing the families of the seven deceased astronauts who perished in the tragic incident.

Bill Nelson, NASA administrator, said: "This tragedy will forever be seared in the collective memory of our country.

"This discovery gives us an opportunity to pause once again, to uplift the legacies of the seven pioneers we lost, and to reflect on how this tragedy changed us."

This recent find is the first major Challenger discovery in more than 25 years. For now, the debris will remain on the seafloor while NASA organises the next steps for its recovery.

The tragic incident of Challenger was the first in-flight fatalities in NASA's manned space program, which began in 1961.

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