NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 11, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Hager) President commission investigating space shuttle Challenger's destruction reported releasing internal NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) memoranda in which agency officials were warned of potential disaster with solid rocket booster seals; details explained, illustrated on screen. Memos from employees Irv Davids, Richard Cook, &Russ Bardos quoted on screen. [Solid rocket supervisor Lawrence MULLOY - claims seals have functioned properly in past year] [COOK - believes seal problem was seen as potential budget threat.] [Commission member Richard FEYNMAN - demonstrates weather-related test of seal material; believes findings are significant to investigation.] [Representative Edward MARKEY - cites implications of United States Air Force study in 1983 of predicted booster failures.] NASA's response mentioned.