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Challenger Investigation #308339

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 19, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Key NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launch officials said never informed of information affecting decision to launch space shuttle Challenger prior to its explosion; details given.

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Bill Whitaker) Location of Challenger's suspected right solid rocket booster off Florida coast examined; scenes shown. [Colonel Edward O'CONNOR - announces find.] Navy's role in search noted. [O'CONNOR - is confident all rocket debris will be recovered.] [Submarine operations director Roger COOK - explains probability booster won't be intact.]

(DC: Eric Engberg) President commission investigating Challenger explosion, chaired by William Rogers, said finding that NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launch officials Jesse Moore, Bob Sieck and Arnold Aldrich were not informed of Morton Thiokol engineers' opposition to shuttle's launch due to temperature; details given, scenes shown. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) official Lawrence Mulloy's apparent role in proceeding with launch mentioned. [Former astronaut Alan BEAN - cites need for those responsible to be identification] Astronaut Bob Crippen quoted.

Engberg, Eric;
Rather, Dan;
Whitaker, Bill

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