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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan's rationale for appointing special commission to investigate space shuttle Challenger's destruction quoted.
(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Bruce Hall) [REAGAN - explains purpose of commission] Group said headed by former secretary state William Rogers and former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Status of continued search for debris and discovery of further partial human remains discussed; scenes shown. [Pvt. BOATER - displays wreckage found.] Central theory under examination as explosion's cause explained, discussed. [Rocket fuel expert Ben ZINN - believes weather was involved.]
(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Peter Van Sant) Focus of NASA's investigation of solid rocket boosters discussed; scenes shown. [Expert Richard WHITE - explains weaker part of rocket.] White's claim that x-ray inspections of solid rockets are necessary explained, demonstrated. [Morton Thiokol, Incorporated spokesperson Gil MOORE - disagrees.] Challenger crew said unaware of emergency; details given. [Solid rocket expert Gary FLANDRO - thinks crew would have time to separate from craft had sensors been in place.]
- Hall, Bruce;
- Rather, Dan;
- Van Sant, Peter
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