CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 24, 1978
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(Studio) Fall of nuclear powered USSR spy satellite in north west Canada reported Fall of satellite said to have been concern for 2 weeks, causing secret consultation between Washington, DC and Moscow. Preparations for satellite crash detailed. Satellite identified as Cosmos 954, sent aloft in September `77. Crash site identified as area of Great Slave Lake, near Uranium City. Map and simulation of crash shown. [Voice of witness constable Dale McCLOUD - describes sight.] Details of satellite programs given. Ike Pappas report quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) United States plane reported assisting in tests for radiation as result of crash. Actions at Nell is Air Force Base noted, filmed. Zbigniew Brzezinski quoted re: danger of radioactivity. [Edward "Aviation Week" Craig COVAULT - explains workings of satellite.] Department of Energy film of satellite launch shown. Atomic battery use noted.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) Chronology of event, from 1st sighting, given. Fear of released radioactivity noted. International aspects of event noted. [State Department spokesperson Jill SHUKER - briefs press.] Notification of Pierre Trudeau by President Carter reported USSR -US actions to prevent similar future incidents noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(Studio) Pol. aspects of incident in Canada noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Ottawa, Canada) Film of parliament meeting shown. Trudeau report quoted. [Conservative leader Joe CLARK - criticizes system that necessitated President Carter's giving first word of satellite crash to Trudeau.] [TRUDEAU - responds.] Contamination monitoring by United States and Canada reported USSR actions contemplated.
REPORTER: Peter Mansbridge (CBC)
(Studio) More on satellite story announced for later in broadcast.
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