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Challenger Investigation #548421

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 19, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced

(Salt Lake City, UT: Robert Bazell) Inquiry into NASA's decision to launch space shuttle Challenger despite Morton Thiokol engineer Allan McDonald's advice to the contrary examined; shuttle's destruction during liftoff recalled. McDonald quoted on screen regarding his and other engineers' concern over relationship between temperature at time of launch and solid rocket booster seals. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) official Lawrence Mulloy's decision to go over McDonald for permission from Morton Thiokol executive Joseph Kilminster described. Stmt. of pres. commission investigating tragedy quoted on screen; NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) officials Jesse Moore, Richard Smith and William Lucas said not informed of opposition to launch.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Dan Molina) Discovery of portions of suspected right solid rocket booster off coast of Florida examined; scenes shown. [Colonel Edward O'CONNOR - is confident all of rocket will be recovered.] Navy's role in search described. [O'CONNOR - narrates footage of debris.]

Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom;
Molina, Dan

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