The Crew of Challenger

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The following transcript begins two seconds after NASA’s official version ends, with pilot Michael Smith saying, “Uh-oh!” Times from the moment of takeoff are shown in minutes and seconds and are approximate. The sex of the speaker is indicated by M or F.

T+1:15   (M)   What happened? What happened? Oh God, no – no!

T+1:17   (F)   Oh dear God.

T+1:18   (M)   Turn on your air pack! Turn on your air…

T+1:20   (M)   Can’t breathe… choking…

T+1:21   (M)   Lift up your visor!

T+1:22   (M/F)   (Screams.) It’s hot. (Sobs.) I can’t. Don’t tell me… God! Do it…now…

T+1:23 (F) RTLS! RTLS! (Return to Launch Site)

T+1:24   (M)   I told them… I told them… Dammit! Resnik don’t…

T+1:27   (M)   Take it easy! Move (unintelligible)…

T+1:28   (F)   Don’t let me die like this. Not now. Not here…

T+1:31   (M)   Your arm… no… I (extended garble, static)

T+1:36   (F)   I’m… passing… out…

T+1:37   (M)   We’re not dead yet.

T+1:40   (M)   If you ever wanted (unintelligible) me a miracle… (unintelligible)… (screams)

T+1:41   (M)   She’s… she’s… (garble) … damn!

T+1:50   (M)   Can’t breathe…

T+1:51   (M/F)   (screams) Jesus Christ! No!

T+1:54   (M)   She’s out.

T+1:55   (M)   Lucky… (unintelligible).

T+1:56   (M)   God. The water… we’re dead! (screams)

T+2:00   (F)   Goodbye (sobs)… I love you, I love you…

T+2:03   (M)   Loosen up… loosen up…

T+2:07   (M)   It’ll just be like a ditch landing…

T+2:09   (M)   That’s right, think positive.

T+2:11   (M)   Ditch procedure…

T+2:14   (M)   No way!

T+2:17   (M)   Give me your hand…

T+2:19   (M)   You awake in there? I… I…

T+2:29   (M)   Our Father… (unintelligible)…

T+2:42   (M)   …hallowed be Thy name… (unintelligible).

T+2:57   (M)   You…over there?

T+2:58   (M)   The Lord is my shepherd, I shall… not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures… though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil… I will dwell in the house…

T+3:11 (M) Hold my hand.

T+3:15 to end.   None. Static, silence.

The Wreck of the Pegasus

Pegasus

On October 8, 1970 at 2010 HRS, a U.S. Navy Lockheed Constellation C-121 ( BuNo 131644) named “Pegasus” of VX-6 at NAS Quonset Point, crashed while making a landing approach to McMurdo station in Antarctica.

After making six low passes over the field, the C-121J attempted to land in zero visibility, winds gusting to 40 mph in a snowstorm and in 90-degree crosswinds. The crew was unable to locate the runway. During a second attempt to land in zero visibility due to blowing snow, the Captain failed to realize his altitude was too low when the right main gear struck a snowbank and was torn off. The right wing was also torn off and the airplane crashed. 

Of the 12 crew and 80 passengers, there were no deaths.

The wreck was left in place on over the years can still be seen when it’s not completely covered in snow.

Pegasus Runway was named after the wreck which lies nearby.