NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 20, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan's plans for "Star Wars" defense system and Soviet reaction noted. Remarks of Soviet representative Mikhail Gorbachev, in London, reported White House spokesperson's remarks with regard to discussion of issue at January meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, between United States Secretary of State George Shultz and USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko cited. Apparent successful Soviet test of space plane noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Details given with regard to Soviet test of space plane; film, graphics, photos shown. Splashdown in Black Sea noted. Photos said made by Australian Defense Department [Congress researcher Marcia SMITH - notes speculation with regard to Sovs. planned use for plane.] Speculation with regard to Soviet plans for future development of shuttle-like vehicles stated; graphics shown. [Soviet space watcher Jim OBERG - comments.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager
(Studio) Upcoming military uses for United States space shuttle said to include launch of spy satellite next month Attempts by Air Force to keep this quiet noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(New York City) NASA's space developments over years recalled. Films shown. Flights by Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Apollo 13 noted. [Former astronaut Deke SLAYTON - comments on NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) as agency for peaceful space exploration.] Mil. bailout of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) noted; upcoming budgets for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and Air Force space development contrasted. [SLAYTON - comments on military secrecy with regard to space development] Mercury program, moon landings and Charles Lindbergh mentioned in report
REPORTER: Robert Bazell
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