ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 25, 1986
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(DC: Lynn Sherr) Hearing of president commission investigating space shuttle Challenger's destruction featured; scenes shown. Implications of testimony of Morton Thiokol engineers, whose unanimous opposition to launch was overruled by both their company execs. and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) echelon, considered. [Engineer Roger BOISJOLY - notes group's solid opposition; reads his memorandum last July warning of just such tragedy under similar launch circumstances.] [Engineer Arnold THOMPSON - cites similar memo he wrote to supvrs.] [Engineer Allan McDONALD - recalls his refusal to approve launch.] Apparent attitudes of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) officials George Hardy and Lawrence Mulloy toward suggested delay described. [Morton Thiokol vice president Gerald MASON - explains not notifying NASA's top officials.] [Commission member Major General Don. KUTYNA - questions company's motives.] [Chairperson William ROGERS - cites commission's incredulity at testimony.] Questions remaining unanswered outlined.
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