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Challenger Investigation #101344

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 11, 1986
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(NYC: Lynn Sherr) Challenger investigation said revealing near- disaster of similar magnitude with Columbia launch on January 11; internal NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) memorandum by deputy shuttle administration Arnold Aldrich quoted on screen, discussed. [Representative William NELSON - cites potential for his and others' deaths on Columbia.] Aldrich's response quoted on screen. Implications of problems disclosed with Columbia mission for astronaut John Young's criticism of NASA's safety failures considered.

(Houston, Texas: Al Dale) Another memo by Young, dated January and published in "Houston Post" today, said warning about shuttle program's emphasis on continued landings at Kennedy Space Center; details given, discussed. [Astronaut John McBRIDE - agrees with Young's concerns.] Young's earlier criticism of NASA's concerns with launch schedule over safety reviewed; reaction of launch manager Aldrich noted. [McBRIDE -explains support for Young's position.] NASA's schedule for resumed shuttle flights mentioned.

(Studio: Ted Koppel) Contd. recovery of Challenger debris and astronauts' remains reported; details given, scenes shown.

(Studio: Ted Koppel) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Dale, Al;
Koppel, Ted;
Sherr, Lynn

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