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Challenger Investigation #548594

NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 03, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) President Reagan's appointed of commission to investigate Challenger disaster examined. [REAGAN - feels he owes investigation to shuttle crew.] Commission said chaired by former secretary state William Rogers and former astronaut Neil Armstrong with test pilot Chuck Yeager and astronaut Sally Ride among members Lyndon Johnson recalled allowing NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to handle investigation of last major space program disaster. White House photos shown. [ROGERS - expects full cooperation from NASA.] Cmsn.'s primary public relations purposes cited. [ARMSTRONG - doesn't see need for independent investigation due to NASA's capabilities.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Status of continued recovery of Challenger wreckage as well as human body parts examined; scenes shown.

(Cape Canaveral, Florida: Robert Bazell) Investigation's continued focus on solid rocket booster as possible cause of explosion explained, discussed. [Former NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spokesperson Sam BEDDINGFIELD - recalls past leakage problems with solid rocket boosters.] Booster manufacturer and maintenance, by Morton Thiokol Incorporated, detailed.

Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom;
Wallace, Chris

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