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Challenger Investigation #308206

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 10, 1986
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[Bypassed introduction]

(NYC: Dan Rather) (Bdcst. in progress) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Schieffer) Status of continued investigation into space shuttle Challenger's destruction examined; President's commission said concerned over NASA's apparent consideration of problems in shuttle's solid rocket boosters on past occasions. [Chairperson William ROGERS - claims information will be made public.] NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) memoranda warning of erosion in rocket seals outlined, illustrated on screen. Warnings said never passed on to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) flight dirs. or shuttle crews. [Representative Don FUQUA - explains focus of Congressional inquiry.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) John F. Kennedy's push for man on moon recalled; questions arising over NASA's speeded-up shuttle program outlined. Pattern of problems in shuttle missions reviewed; dates of incidents listed on screen.

(DC: David Martin) Pol. and economy pressures on NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to produce results in shuttle program and possible bearing on safety factor discussed; scenes shown. [Former president science adviser George KEYWORTH - notes increase demands on NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) due to program's growing complexity.] Advisory panel's warning to space agency quoted on screen. [KEYWORTH - cites relationship between launch delays and program costs.] Effect of competition with France's Ariane program and of Pentagon's demand for its own rocket system cited. [Space expert Marcia SMITH - doesn't believe NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) sacrifices safety to meet launch dates.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Next 3 civilian shuttle missions said indefinitely postponed due to Challenger tragedy; United States Air Force said continuing preparations for July military launch. Details given. Presence of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) ship Independence, designed to retrieve solid rocket boosters, in continued search for debris considered.

Martin, David;
Rather, Dan;
Schieffer, Bob

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