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Special Assignment (Space Shuttle) #71472

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 07, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Cape Canaveral, Florida) Delay in countdown for launch of space shuttle Columbia reported; details given, films shown. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) associate administration John YARDLEY - considers April 15th as latest launch date.]
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Kennedy Space Center) Problems plaguing space shuttle program reviewed; NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) films shown. [Launch director George PAGE - cites role schedule played in delays.] Tile problems recalled; Apollo mentioned. Details of Rockwell's difficulties with heat tiles given. [Feb. 20, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) ANNOUNCER - acknowledges test success.] Engine-related problems discussed; cost estimates mentioned. [Former Air Force Secretary Hans MARK - supports shuttle program.] [Senator Harrison SCHMITT - praises shuttle.] Tomorrow's Special Assignment previewed.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Cape Canaveral, Florida) Quarantine of astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen reported; details given.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Bergman, Jules;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max

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