ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 28, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) reported acknowledging some if not all of the Challenger astronauts were aware of pending disaster and possibly survived until hitting ocean; details given.
(DC: Bettina Gregory) Final comments of astronauts Michael Smith and Dick Scobee quoted on screen; details given, scenes shown. [Voice of SCOBEE - acknowledges control's orders.] [Admiral Richard TRULY - cites possible causes of Smith's remark.] Pathologists' findings reviewed. [Dr. Joseph KERWIN - notes inability to determine crews' status in final moments.] Indications some astronauts at least remained conscious after explosion discussed.
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