ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 03, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Reagan reported appointing commission to investigate space shuttle Challenger's explosion; deadline for their report mentioned.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) [REAGAN - announces commission's formation.] William P. Rogers, Richard Nixon's secretary state, said named chairperson with former astronaut Neil Armstrong, test pilot Chuck Yeager, astronaut Sally Ride, Nobel physicist Richard Feynman and attorney David Acheson as members Press spokesperson Larry Speakes said denying commission is insult to NASA. [ROGERS - expects to work closely with space agency.] Acting NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration William Graham mentioned, shown. [ARMSTRONG - endorses NASA's ability to conduct primary investigation.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Contd. recovery of debris discussed; scenes shown.
(Houston, Texas: Lynn Sherr) Investigation's focus on one of Challenger's solid rocket boosters explained, discussed; scenes shown. Pros and cons of solid rocket boosters considered; roles of manufacturer Morton Thiokol and service contractors United Space Boosters noted. Possibility of June shuttle mission mentioned.
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