ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 06, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Background to problems for cosmonauts attempting to return to earth given.
(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Reentry problems for Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Lyakhov and Afghan co-pilot Abdul Ahad Mohmand after leaving orbiting space station described; details given, animation shown; communications between reentry vehicle and mission control quoted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Safety consciousness in Soviet space program noted. Report introduced.
(DC: John McWethy) Options available for cosmonauts explained; diagrams shown. [Library of Congress Marsha SMITH, Soviet space expert Jim OBERG - discuss situation.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Soviet space accidents reviewed; incidents in 1967 and 1971 recalled. [Soviet space expert Geoff PERRY - analyzes options; discusses Lyakhov's experience.] Dress rehearsal for space shuttle Discovery astronauts previewed; scenes shown from Cape Canaveral, Florida.