CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 09, 1981
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(Studio) Flight of 1st man in space, Yuri Gagarin, recalled; importance of space shuttle Columbia to space exploration examined. Films, Rockwell International animations shown. Purpose of shuttle and goal for this week's test flight discussed; 1974 flight of Columbia shown. Problems plaguing program considered; risks involved for astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen noted. [YOUNG - doesn't think unmanned test of manned vehicle is necessary.] Technology of Columbia discussed. [YOUNG - discusses computers, bay doors, heat tiles.] Variables involved in flight outlined; death of 2 workers last month in launch site accident recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
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