ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 15, 1997
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The ongoing troubles on the Russian space station Mir, including the irregular heartbeat of Mir commander Vasily Tsibliyev, reported.
(Moscow: Mike Lee) The postponement of Mir repairs because of Tsibliyev's health featured; details given of the option of using American astronaut Michael Foale in the repair operation. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Philip ENGELAUF - comments.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(No location given: Ned Potter) The critical, delicate repairs needed on Mir examined; scenes and animated diagram shown from on board Mir. [Space consultant James OBERG, former astronaut Joseph ALLEN - question whether Foale is trained for the repairs.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Tim Johnson) Tsibliyev's heart problems discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with astronaut Norman Thagard about Mir. [THAGARD - offers views on Foale's capabilities, his unfamiliarity with the Russian space suit and the commonality of heart arrhythmias in space flights.]