Just Blowing Up a Huge, Scientific Model of the Hindenburg (No Big Deal)

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

A teaser for the Discovery show Curiosity describes how recreating the historic disaster might solve the mystery of how it happened. 

This little sneak peek from the Discovery Channel is a total tease (you'll have to tune in on Sunday at 9pm EST/PST to see more) but it's worth a look just to watch a team of engineers build an elaborate model of the 1930s German airship ... and set it on fire. Not only does the experiment bring the famous black and white newsreel footage to life, but it promises to help explain what went so wrong in Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937. Various hypotheses blame the fire on mechanical failures or even sabotage. 

Earlier this year, on the 75th anniversary of the disaster, Alan Taylor's In Focus featured a full gallery of images from the Hindenburg's journey and demise. Check out the large-format photographs here

All images and video courtesy of the Discovery Channel's Curiosity

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