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Challenger Investigation #308321

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 18, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Eric Engberg) Investigation into explosion of space shuttle Challenger said focusing on political aspect of NASA's decision-making process underlying shuttle's launch despite engineers' contrary advice; uniden. engineer quoted. Apparent relationship between solid rocket booster seals and temperature at time of Challenger's liftoff discussed. Concerns of Morton Thiokol and Marshall Space Center engineers said overridden; details given. [President commission chairperson William ROGERS - hopes to determine explosion's cause soon.] [Senator Ernest HOLLINGS - outlines information necessary for scrutiny; feels tragedy was probably avoidable.] Vice-chairperson Neil Armstrong mentioned also testifying before Senator hearings today. No. Morton Thiokol engineers opposing launch mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) decision-makers said not informed of temperature readings prior to launch; details given.

Engberg, Eric;
Rather, Dan

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