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Challenger Investigation #101362

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 12, 1986
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Michael Connor) Contd. recovery of Challenger debris and astronaut remains examined; scenes shown. [Radio TRANSMISSION - describes items found.] [Odetics Incorporated spokesperson Jerry MUENCH - explains importance of recovering shuttle's flight data recorders.] Current status of search reported

(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(DC: Lynn Sherr) Possibility pressure to launch Challenger in time for President Reagan's State of the Union speech, consequently delayed by shuttle's destruction, examined. [Feb. 4, REAGAN - eulogizes crew.] Acting NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration Dr. William Graham's draft input for President's original speech quoted on screen referring to Christa McAuliffe. President's actual original speech said excluding Graham's draft; press spokesperson Larry Speakes' comment quoted on screen. Former NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spokesperson Phil Culbertson, who signed Graham's draft, quoted denying pressure to launch, as did Graham aide Chas. Kupperman. President commission's awareness of possible role of pressure on NASA management considered.

Connor, Michael;
Koppel, Ted;
Sherr, Lynn

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