The Challenger Transcript

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++ Excerpted from The World View Magazine:  Issue 2, Volume 2 ++

           For Those Who Haven't Heard: The Challenger Transcript

DISCLAIMER: This info was submitted by an unknown freelance journalist.
            The World View Magazine And It's Editors Claim No Responsibility
            For The Creation Of This Document. We Have No Ties To NASA, Or
            Any Other Government Organization. The Transcript Follows The
            Audio Tape Which Was Released To The Public By NASA. As
            Journalists, We Chose To Publish The Document, Because We Feel
            The American People Have A Right To Hear All Opinions Regarding
            This Issue. The World View Does Not Condone Nor Do We Necessarily
            Agree With The "Cover-Up" Theory Related To This Incident. As Far
            As We Know, This Information Is Public Domain.


A secret NASA tape reveals that the crew of the shuttle Challenger not only
survived the explosion that ripped the vessel apart; they screamed, cried,
cursed and prayed for three hellish minutes before they slammed into the
Atlantic and perished on January 28, 1986.

The tape is said to begin with a startled crewman screaming,"What happened?
What happened? Oh God - No!"  Screams and curses are heard- several crewmen
begin to weep- and then others bid their families farewell.

Two minutes forty-five seconds later the tape ends. That's when the shuttle's
crew compartment, which remained intact after the vessel exploded over the
Atlantic, hit the ocean at over 2,000 miles per hour, instantly killing the

" Cover up? Of course there was a coverup, " declared Robert Hotz, a member
of the Presidential commission that investigated the disaster. " NASA can't
face the fact that they put these astronauts in a situation where they didn't
have adequate equipment to survive. NASA doesn't give a damn about anything
but covering it's ass, " he said.

The official account released by NASA ends with shuttle pilot Michael Smith
saying, " Uh-oh!" Some NASA employees have evidently heard more-much more.
And they provided the rest of the account based on what they've discussed
within NASA in the last five years. The astronauts had time and realized
something was happening after the shuttle broke up.

" All shuttle astronauts carry personal recorders and the tape in
question apparently came from Christa's (McAuliffe), which was recovered
after the shuttle disaster, " said Hotz. Jarvis was sitting beside her, and
when he figured out what was happening he said, " Give me your hand. "

" NASA insists there's nothing like that on tape but they're talking about
the mission tape, not Christa's. So they're not lying, but they're not telling
the truth, either. "

A journalist with close ties to NASA was even more emphatic," There are
persistent rumors, dating back to the disaster, that this tape is absolutely
bone-chilling. "

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