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.