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Challenger Investigation #100940

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 14, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Lynn Sherr) Latest evidence indicating apparent problem with one of space shuttle Challenger's solid rocket boosters from point of ignition and believed linked to its destruction shortly thereafter examined; scenes shown. Theories underlying investigation's focus illustrated; compatible hypothesis offered by "Aviation Wk. and Space Technology" discussed. [Aerospace engineering professor Gary FLANDRO - explains validity of theory.] Weather-related factors uncovered discussed. President commission chairperson William Rogers and commission members said meeting with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and Morton Thiokol officials here; commission member Richard Feynman's support of rocket seal failure hypothesis mentioned. [ROGERS - notes shuttle itself is only part of equipment so far free from suspicion.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Psychological trauma of Challenger's explosion for nation's school children due to presence of teacher-astronaut Christa McAuliffe on board noted.

(McCall, ID: Al Dale) Barbara Morgan, selected to replace McAuliffe as first teacher in space, noted visiting school to discuss mission with students. [MORGAN - discusses children's future in space.] [CHILDREN - want to go into space.]

Reporter(s):
Dale, Al;
Jennings, Peter;
Sherr, Lynn
Duration:
00:05:00

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