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Challenger photographer: ‘I knew there was something terribly wrong’

The moment it happened, when the boosters separated from Space Shuttle Challenger, Red Huber knew something was wrong.

Huber, a photographer for the Orlando Sentinel who covered the space program, stood on Astronaut Road in Cape Canaveral, surrounded by out-of-town photographers there to capture images of the first teacher heading into space. At that moment, they oohhhed and ahhhed around him.

“It’s still a very, very vivid image in my mind of that moment,” said Huber, who is still a photographer with the Sentinel. “When I saw the boosters separate and go in different directions, I knew there was something terribly wrong, but they didn’t know that.”

Images or video of the Challenger exploding 29 years ago might be what most of us remember. Huber remembers another moment.

Photographing Challenger’s liftoff was Huber’s first assignment back after taking time off to be with his newborn daughter. The day before, the launch was scrubbed because of the weather. Read more

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