CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 19, 1983
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(Studio) President Reagan's celebration of 25th NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) anniversary and his priorities for United States space exploration reported; films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Livermore, California) Weapons under development for use in space examined; films shown. [March 23, 1983, REAGAN - wants program to counter USSR missile threat.] Scientists' report on prospects of United States succeeding in creation of "star wars" defense system examined. [White House science adviser George KEYWORTH - is optimistic.] Dvt. of electron particle beam at Lawrence Livermore Labs in California examined; drawbacks to particle beam weapon discussed. [Beam physicist William BARLETTA - notes beam is inadequate to defense nation as a whole; explains.] Potential importance of laser weapons cited. [BARLETTA - discusses potential role of lasers.] [Nuclear weapons analyst Paul CHRZANOWSKI - explains problems in using lasers from earth.] Econs. involved noted. [CHRZANOWSKI - anticipates costs.] [Rockwell Space Station director Earl COLE - cites vulnerability of laser weapons.] [CHRZANOWSKI - comments on need for weapons to defense selves.] [Nuclear design physicist Robert KUCKUCK - questions need for quality in self-defending weapons.]
REPORTER: David Martin
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