CBS Evening News for Saturday, Feb 15, 1986
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) President commission investigating explosion of space shuttle Challenger said examining possible breakdown in NASA's decision-making process; chairperson William Rogers reported banning participation in inquiry of any NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) officials who participated in launch decision.
(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Bruce Hall) Implications of commission's decision for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) discussed; current focus of investigation outlined. Disagreement between NASA, space center and solid rocket booster manufacturer Morton Thiokol over launch noted. Importance to inquiry of latest photos of Challenger immediately prior to explosion and computer information uncovered discussed.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) President commission's examination of possible problems with booster rocket seals reviewed. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) budget analyst Richard COOK - recalls agency's attitude toward boosters.] Rogers' initial questioning of Cook's competence to assess safety of booster seals recalled. [Former astronaut Don. "Deke" SLAYTON - discusses commission's decision regarding NASA's participation in investigation, NASA's attitude toward safety precautions.] Layoffs at Morton Thiokol as result of shuttle disaster reported
(Brigham City, UT: David Dow) Morton Thiokol's suspension of booster operations while investigation proceeds examined. [State employment official Reid THOMPSON - cites economy impact on Utah of layoffs.] [Employee Joe SORENSON, restaurant owner Darlene COX - fear their future.] Impact on community of Challenger explosion noted. [PEOPLE - defense town's right to be proud.]