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Divers off the coast of Florida were looking for sunken aircraft from World War 2 and found part of the Challenger Space Shuttle instead. This video is pretty cool because you get to watch the divers question what they’re looking at. They inspect the wreckage on the ocean floor and question what it might be.

In the video, you can hear one diver ask the other, “so what do you think this is, Jim?” The other responds with “definitely an aircraft. I think we need to talk to NASA.” Turns out it was a 20-foot section of the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger that exploded in 1986. According to the video posted on the ABC News YouTube page, the thermal tiles on the wreckage came from the wing or belly of the shuttle.

This is the first time in 25 years that any segments of the shuttle have been found. The last time was in 1996 when some pieces washed ashore. The announcement of the discovery was made by NASA and The History Channel. The latter was filming for their new series “The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters”, which is set to premier this month.

The Challenger Space Shuttle exploded shortly after take-off, killing all seven people on board. The event was watched in schools across the country as it was the first flight with a teacher, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, on board. I remember watching this horrifying launch in elementary school.

Mike Barnette also remembers watching the Challenger launch. Barnette led the underwater crew that discovered the remnant of the shuttle and said it was very ‘sobering’ to realize he found a piece of that same shuttle. Regarding the day the shuttle exploded, Barnette told CNN, “I can almost smell the smells of that day. It was just so burned into my brain”.

The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Watersis a 6-part series that premieres at 10 p.m. ET on November 22 on the History Channel.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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