It had been stored in a box at Ault’s home.
Ault was with his parents and a friend for the launch. “I was hoping to see an event that I would remember for the rest of my life,” Ault said in an email to The Huffington Post. “I did. Just not the way I would have liked to.”
At the beginning of the footage, one can hear the sound of awe and excitement from the crowd as the Challenger lifts off leaving a straight trail of smoke. However, about 73 seconds into the launch, there’s an explosion and the smoke – trails from the shuttle’s rocket boosters – diverges in two directions.
On the video is Steve Nesbitt’s voice from the Mission Control Center: “Obviously a major malfunction.” Then later he announces that the shuttle has exploded.