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NASA / Shuttle Program #319917

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 22, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Morton Thiokol, Incorporated reported postponing testing of redesigned space shuttle rocket booster; details given. US-built payload for commercial research reported carried into space by USSR space station Challenger explosion recalled. Report introduced.

(Studio: Morley Safer) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) reported criticized for extreme caution. NASA officials quoted with regard to Discovery's August launch. Critics quoted; Rogers commission report recalled. [Aeronautics specialist Jerry GREY - defends NASA's caution.] Space exploration's risks discussed; scenes shown. [Ex-Johnson Space Center director Christopher KRAFT - says NASA's delay between launches too long.] Kraft quoted. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration James FLETCHER - defends NASA's hiatus.] [GREY - says country has become fearful of experimentation.] NASA's new escape mechanism featured; scenes shown. Critics quoted. Pressure upon shuttle program examined.

(Studio: Dan Rather, Morley Safer) Impt. of Discovery launch discussed.

Rather, Dan;
Safer, Morley

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