ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 17, 1976
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(Studio) 1st United States space shuttle brought out today.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Palmdale, California) Report on new space shuttle designed to be used over and over to lower cost of space flight. 1st flight scheduled for March, 1979; flight plan and procedure noted. (Rockwell International film shown.) [Shuttle pilot Colonel Joe ENGLE - says landing will be more difficult than regular plane as it's unpowered and there's only 1 chance to land it.] Shuttle named "Enterprise" after "Star Trek" fans flooded White House with mail. (Scenes from "Star Trek" shown.) Differences in 2 ships noted. Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in television series, attends presentation ceremony. [NIMOY - says television show represented future possibilities, but he never thought he'd see shuttle called "Enterprise." Says he'd like to be on 1st flight.] Finances involved noted; NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) hopes to break even on shuttle; critics doubt it.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
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