Search the Archive

Challenger Investigation #548421

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 19, 1986
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(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.]

Reporter(s):
Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom;
Molina, Dan
Duration:
00:04:30

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.