CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 11, 1986
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(NYC: Dan Rather) (Bdcst. in progress.) Focus of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) investigation into space shuttle Challenger's explosion and shuttle program as a whole outlined.
(DC: Bob Schieffer) Status of investigation by president commission chaired by William Rogers examined; scenes shown. [ROGERS - dismisses significance of internal NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) memos warning possible problems.] Background to memo issue recalled. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) shuttle manager Jesse MOORE - notes no aspect of explosion are being excluded from scrutiny.] NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) employee Richard Cook's warning said questioned. [ROGERS - cites Cook's limited perspective.] [COOK - agrees.] [Commission member Richard FEYNMAN - demonstrates test of solid rocket booster seal material.] Feynman said demonstrating possible factor in Challenger explosion; photos shown. Cook memorandum quoted on screen.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Houston reporter John Getter said determining that NASA investigators have requested agency's tapes and films of previous shuttle launches; Atlantis and Discovery launches shown, discussed in detail.
(DC: David Martin) Solid rocket boosters used on shuttle launches said failing major stress test; details given, outlined on screen. Safety panel's identification of several problem areas at Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site reviewed.