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Challenger Investigation #548496

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 22, 1986
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(DC: Robert Hager) Further evidence supporting theory that space shuttle Challenger's destruction was result of weather-related failure of solid rocket booster seals examined; Morton Thiokol information outlined. [Commission mbr. David ACHESON - comments on company engineers; disagreement on issue.] Cmsn. mentioned questioning company engineer Allan McDonald but as of yet unable to meet with vice president Joe Kilminster. NASA's plans for resumption of shuttle program outlined.

(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Miklaszewski) Possibility Challenger disaster will result in shuttle program becoming joint NASA-Pentagon program examined; Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger thought recommending replacement of Challenger. Pentagon's expected effort to capitalize on NASA's problems to create its own shuttle force considered. [American Univ. spokesperson Jeff RICHELSON - thinks military will easily obtain funds for space programs now.] Possible impact on military projects of expected delays in shuttle program mentioned. [Federal of American Scientists spokesperson John PIKE - fears important scientific projects will be delayed.]

Chung, Connie;
Hager, Robert;
Miklaszewski, Jim

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