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(Studio: Dan Rather) Saturday noted marking 3rd anniversary of space shuttle Challenger's explosion; details given. Report introduced.
(Cedar City, UT: David Martin) Shortage of rocket fuel ingredient ammonium perchlorate noted endangering future shuttle missions; details given; scenes shown of new plant under construction in UT. [Defense Department spokesperson Colonel Don. BUSH - comments on completion of plant to manufacturer rocket fuel.] Explosion of PEPCON rocket fuel plant last May recalled. Uses and important of ammonium perchlorate noted. [Representative Robert ROE - says no rockets can fly without ingredient.] [PEPCON president James PEVELER - comments on shortage of chemical.] Chemical shortage noted limiting Air Force and Navy projects. Remaining plant reported unable to produce enough ammonium perchlorate. [PEVELER - comments.]
- Rather, Dan;
- Martin, David
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