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Challenger Investigation #308360

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Feb 02, 1986
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Bruce Hall) Findings so far in investigation of cause of space shuttle Challenger explosion said focusing on solid fuel rocket booster; details discussed, photos, illustrations shown. [Solid rocket expert Gary FLANDRO - explains implications of findings.] [Morton Thiokol spokesperson Gil MOORE - cautions against premature conclusions.] [FLANDRO - conts. discussion.] [Acting NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration William GRAHAM - explains shuttle's detachment capability.]

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Peter Van Sant) NASA's confidence in solid rocket boosters discussed. [GRAHAM - notes strength of rocket casings.] Past problems with solid rockets reviewed. [Astronaut Dan. BRANDENSTEIN - recalls 1983 near-catastrophe on Challenger due to solid rocket defect.] Other incidents discussed. Criticism of workers at NASA's rocket assembly plant listed. [Courtesy "Face the Nation", GRAHAM - remains confident in solid rocket boosters.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Houston, Texas: Martha Teichner) Memorial services here for astronauts featured; scenes shown. [Jean BUCHLI, astronauts Jim IRWIN, Blaine HAMMOND, Joe ENGLE, Guy GARDNER - eulogize astronauts.] Francis "Dick" Scobee's family mentioned, shown.

Hall, Bruce;
Van Sant, Peter;
Schieffer, Bob;
Teichner, Martha

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