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Challenger Investigation #308586

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 06, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Both of space shuttle Challenger's solid rocket boosters thought located in Atlantic; details given. President's commission investigating shuttle's destruction noted beginning hearings today; resumption of astronaut training mentioned.

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Bruce Hall) Status of search for Challenger wreckage examined; scenes, photos, maps shown. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) ship radio TRANSMISSION - notes time involved in recovery operation.] Malfunctioning of boosters in June 1982 recalled.

(DC: Peter Van Sant) Scope of president commission's task noted. [Mbr. Richard FEYNMAN - cites difficulty of inquiry.] Today's hearings said focusing on weather day of launch; details given, photos, scenes shown. [Physicist Joel SIEGEL - explains importance of weather in such launches.] [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spokesperson Judson LOVINGOOD - notes booster manufacturer Morton Thiokol recommended launch proceed.] Company's recommendation to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) regarding temperature at time of launch mentioned. [LOVINGOOD - acknowledges temperature of fuel was guessed.] [NASA spokesperson Arnold ALDRICH - cites impossibility of crew escaping.]

(Houston, Texas: Martha Teichner) Contd. training of astronauts such as Bonnie Dunbar mentioned; economy pressure on NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to resume shuttle program discussed. American Satellite Company's insurance premium if schedule is not adhered to said forcing many firms to consider using European Space Agency's Ariane program as alternative. [American Satellite president George ROBERTS - cites NASA's position.] [3-M Corporation spokesperson Christopher PODSIADLY - feels NASA's uncertain shuttle program must be considered by private companies] Impact on military's reliance on shuttle program as well as that of scientific community for such exploration as Ulysses Project and Galileo discussed. NASA's defense of include nuclear generators on some shuttle missions outlined.

Hall, Bruce;
Rather, Dan;
Van Sant, Peter;
Teichner, Martha

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