This fascinating piece of home video, shot on a betamax video camera 24 years ago by an optometrist named Jack Moss, has surfaced on YouTube. A fascinating first-person perceptive of the disaster. Imagine if YouTube had existed back then.
From the video description:
The Florida man who filmed it from his front yard on his new Betamax camcorder turned the tape over to an educational organization a week before he died this past December. The Space Exploration Archive has since published the video into the public domain in time for the 24th anniversary of the catastrophe. Despite being shot from about 70 miles from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle and the explosion can be seen quite clearly. It is unclear why he never shared the footage with NASA or the media. NASA officials say they were not aware of the video, but are interested in examining it now that it has been made available.