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Challenger Investigation #308304

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 17, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Eric Engberg) President commission investigating space shuttle Challenger's destruction said learning launch was ordered despite opposition to such by engineers familiar with potential problems linked to weather and solid rocket boosters; commission chairperson William Rogers reported barring key NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) officials from participating in investigation after learning of situation. Alleged reactions of astronauts, include Robert Crippen, to NASA's decision-making process described. Morton Thiokol, mfrs. of solid rocket boosters, said opposing shuttle launch due to weather; details given, photos shown. Uniden. Thiokol engineer quoted. Contd. recovery of Challenger debris reported White House push to name James Fletcher as new NASA admin. said contingent on current administration James Beggs resigning.

Engberg, Eric;
Rather, Dan

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