History Channel’s new show, The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters, is getting lots of worldwide media attention right now. The crew of divers and cameramen, who were looking for the wreckage of a PBM Martin Mariner rescue plane that disappeared in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle without a trace on December 5, 1945, stumbled upon a 20-foot segment of NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger.

They certainly didn’t see that one coming.

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On January 28, 1986, the Challenger exploded into several parts 73 seconds after launch, killing its crew and the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe. Millions of people, including school children, watched the tragic event live on television. It was horrific.

NASA organized a major search and salvage effort that included thousands of people, over a dozen surface vessels, a nuclear-powered submarine and countless robotic crewed submersibles. They covered more than 486 square nautical miles (1,666 square kilometers) of ocean floor in depths ranging from 10 to over 1,200 feet (three to 365 meters).

Many parts of the space shuttle were found by the end of the three-month search, including the crew compartment. But it seems they missed a piece, and when the documentary film makers accidentally found it, it brought back haunting memories to so many people.

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NASA’s Administrator, Bill Nelson, put out a statement "While it has been nearly 37 years since seven daring and brave explorers lost their lives aboard Challenger, this tragedy will forever be seared in the collective memory of our country. For millions around the globe, myself included, January 28, 1986, still feels like yesterday.”

History Channel’s The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters launched their new show on Tuesday, November 22 with “The Big Find” episode, showing the discovery of the Challenger’s remnants. And, you guessed it, a lot of people tuned in.

The Challenger episode aside, this looks like a promising new show. The Bermuda Triangle is an intriguing section of ocean off the coast of the Florida panhandle. More than 50 ships and 20 airplanes have mysteriously disappeared here. Ships have been found completely empty of their crew and planes sent out distress signals and completely disappeared. Theories behind it range from geophysical to supernatural.

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I had the opportunity to interview Canadian producer, director, writer and historical investigator Wayne Abbott about the new show. He’s part of the crew working on the six, one-hour episodes that follows an elite team of underwater detectives, including Abbott and anchored by marine biologist and underwater explorer Michael Barnette, investigator David O’Keefe; U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jason Harris, an authority on aeronautical crashes and wreck diver Jimmy Gadomski as they attempt to identify wrecks found within the Bermuda Triangle.

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This area is a hotbed for unexplained disappearances dating back hundreds of years. In addition to the Challenger wreckage, viewers can expect to watch the team uncover several other ship and plane wrecks this season, helping to bring closure and answers to decades-old disappearances

Check out my interview (Whisky Fireside Chat #101) on my KCHappyCamper YouTube Channel. And check out History Channel’s The Bermuda Triangle: Into Cursed Waters. You can find it on STACKTV, a streaming service available in Canada through Amazon Prime Channels, FuboTV, Rogers Ignite TV and Ignite SmartStream.