CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 25, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Eric Engberg) Public hearing of president commission investigating destruction of space shuttle Challenger featured; testimony today of Morton Thiokol engineers who unanimously opposed shuttle's launch due to weather's effect on solid rocket booster seals examined. [Engineer Allan McDONALD - recalls warning NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) of possible disaster; describes NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) executive Lawrence Mulloy's criticism of recommendation to delay launch.] [Engineer Roger BOISJOLY - notes engineers' unity in opposing launch.] Boisjoly said warning of just such catastrophe last summer. Morton Thiokol executive Gerry Mason said instructing engineers to assume management positions rather than scientific ones and approve launch. [Chairperson William ROGERS -isn't convinced by co. execs.' explanations.] [Commission member Major General Don. KUTYNA - questions credibility of Morton Thiokol.] [MASON - responds.] [Commission member astronaut Sally RIDE - accuses Morton Thiokol of willing to allow the unallowable.] [MASON - agrees.]
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