NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 13, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President commission investigating space shuttle Challenger's explosion said focusing on weather's role in solid rocket booster seal failure; details given. Contd. recovery of Challenger debris and astronauts' remains discussed; scenes, photograph shown. Challenger disaster's impact on NASA's shuttle program generally outlined.
(No location given: Steve Delaney) NASA's lack of alternatives to launching satellites other than solid rocket boosters compared to European Space Agency's Ariane program; econs. of lost business for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) noted. [Former Rockwell International chairperson Al ROCKWELL - expects major portion of commercial launch bus. will be lost to foreign competitors.] [Former White House adviser George KEYWORTH - thinks NASA's approach has ill-served taxpayer.] President Reagan's call for private industry's involvement in space programs said stymied by former NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration James Beggs and aide Hans Mark out of fear of competition. [Representative Robert WALKER - claims NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) did all possible to prevent participation in shuttle by anyone else, include military] [Heritage Fndn. spokesperson Milt KOPELOUS - equates NASA's tactics with those of 19th century robber barons.] NASA's ploy against potential competitors (listed) described. [Space Trans. Company spokesperson Klaus HEISS - claims NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) sought monopoly for shuttle program.]