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Two people holding hands while falling to their death from the WTC on 9/11.

Two people holding hands while falling to their death from the WTC on 9/11.

Michael Hindes of West Springfield, MA, was sorting through boxes of his grandparents' old photographs when he happened upon 26 harrowing photos of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster of 1986. To his knowledge, these photos have never been publicly released.

Long-Forgotten Photographs Reveal Challenger Disaster As It Happened

Michael Hindes of West Springfield, MA, was sorting through boxes of his grandparents' old photographs when he happened upon 26 harrowing photos of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster of 1986. To his knowledge, these photos have never been publicly released.

Since its invention, photography has provided a window into the events that have changed the course of our nation. Here are the images that have shocked, inspired, and moved us as a country.

The 50 Most Powerful Pictures In American History

Since its invention, photography has provided a window into the events that have changed the course of our nation. Here are the images that have shocked, inspired, and moved us as a country.

Such a sad day!!  President Ronald Reagan watching television replay of Space Shuttle "Challenger" explosion. 1/28/86.

Such a sad day!! President Ronald Reagan watching television replay of Space Shuttle "Challenger" explosion. 1/28/86.

Following the evacuation of Atlanta, Confederate forces blew up Hood's ammunition train leading to the first burning of Atlanta on the early morning hours of Sep. 1, 1864.         Photo from Atlanta Resurgens (Atlanta: First National Bank of Atlanta, 1971), p. 17

Following the evacuation of Atlanta, Confederate forces blew up Hood's ammunition train leading to the first burning of Atlanta on the early morning hours of Sep. 1, 1864. Photo from Atlanta Resurgens (Atlanta: First National Bank of Atlanta, 1971), p. 17

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