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Challenger Investigation #102954

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 09, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bettina Gregory) Other major problems with NASA's shuttle program discovered in course of Challenger investigation examined; Rear Admiral Richard Truly reported announcing NASA's agreement to outside experts overseeing agency's engineers' redesign of solid rocket booster seals. Inquiry into recent launch failure of Delta rocket said revealing identical problem in 1974 launch and NASA's agreement with rocket manufacturer Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International to proceed with Delta program; details given. Primary criticism of NASA's handling of Challenger investigation explained.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Lawrence Mulloy, head of solid rocket booster program at Marshall Space Flight Center, said transferred; Mulloy's opposition to scrubbing Challenger despite engineers' protestations over safety factor recalled.

Gregory, Bettina;
Jennings, Peter

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