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Space Shuttle #516126

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 10, 1981
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(Studio) Postponement of Columbia launch due to computer problems reported; details given. [Voice of launch control spokesperson Hugh HARRIS - announces decision of launch dirs. George Page and Dick Smith to scrub launch attempt for today.] Apparent reactions of astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen noted; their pre-launch activities today examined. Films shown. [Voice of HARRIS - comments on computer problem.] Launch control's concern with situation noted. [Launch CONTROL - acknowledges possible abort.] Control's apology to astronauts mentioned. [Launch CONTROL - tells astronauts of situation.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Cape Canaveral, Florida) Complexity of shuttle's computer system and its function examined; films, diagrams shown. Today's problem explained.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Houston, Texas) Uniqueness of shuttle's computer problem noted; details given. [Flight director Neil HUTCHINSON - notes possible launch soon.] Current status of situation cited.

(Studio) Role of astronaut fatigue in scrapping today's launch explained; conversation between John Young and launch director George Page outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Bazell, Robert;
Chancellor, John;
Neal, Roy

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