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Challenger Investigation #101009

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 18, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Lynn Sherr) Senator hearings into explosion of space shuttle Challenger said examining issue of NASA's decision-making process leading to launch go-ahead. [Acting NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration Dr. William GRAHAM - denies having evidence that Morton Thiokol advised against liftoff.] [Space flight associate administration Jesse MOORE - agrees.] Morton Thiokol on-site engineer Allan McDonald quoted on screen objecting to launch due to weather; McDonald thought conveying his concerns to NASA's Lawrence Mulloy. Latest aspect of investigation, still involving solid rocket booster, explained. [MOORE - acknowledges possible problem with putty.] [President commission vice chairperson Neil ARMSTRONG - can't conclude explosion's cause yet.] [Chairperson William ROGERS - feels decision-making process, rather than decision, was flawed.] Senator Slade Gorton mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
Sherr, Lynn

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