CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 20, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Eric Engberg) Morton Thiokol engineer Allan McDonald, known to have vehemently opposed launch of space shuttle Challenger, said refusing to meet with Senate subcommittee investigating Challenger's destruction, preferring to save testimony for William Rogers' president commission next week [Senator Ernest HOLLINGS - felt demeaned by McDonald's willingness to discuss situation with Senators only over phone; accuses acting NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration Dr. William Graham of falsely rpting. information and losing credibility with Senate committee ] Hollings mentioned calling for Graham's resignation. Rogers commission said fanning out to various space flight ctrs. as investigation conts.; vice- chairperson Neil Armstrong and General Don. Kutyna mentioned at Marshall Center in Alabama. [ARMSTRONG - cites impossibility of top NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) officials being aware of all information at all times.] Former astronaut Richard Truly noted named as new shuttle director; job shift said planned prior to disaster. [TRULY - acknowledges turbulence of period.] Uniden. astronaut said feeling Truly's appointed will restore confidence among astronauts.
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