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Space: Shuttle Columbia / Tragedy / Investigation #720853

CNN Evening News for Monday, Feb 03, 2003
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(Houston: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Houston: Miles O'Brien) The investigation into the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia during re-entry featured; scenes shown of the launch when a piece on falling insulation struck the wing. [Space shuttle program manager Ron DITTEMORE†- says the external tank may be the root cause; notes each tile is individually coded; states we are reviewing "reservations" about damage.] [January 31, flight director LeRoy CAIN - recounts the "minor" damage to the left wing.]

(Houston: Aaron Brown) The budget President Bush presented to the Congress reported.

(White House: John King) The space budget within the overall budget examined; statistics cited. [BUSH - talks about the sacrifice of the men & women from Columbia.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says it would premature to make judgements before investigating the shuttle accident.] Bush's plans to meet with the astronauts' families at tomorrow's memorial service discussed.

(Houston: Aaron Brown) NASA's expansion of the search for shuttle debris noted.

(Nacogdoches: David Mattingly) The collection of shuttle debris in east Texas featured; scenes shown from Nacogdoches. [Douglas school district superintendent Lowell McGUISTON†, Nacogdoches WOMAN - comment.] [Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas KERSS†- says we are finding segments rather than intact pieces.]

(Houston: Aaron Brown) Memorial service in Racine, Wisconsin, for astronaut Laurel Clark shown & her last e-mail quoted.

Brown, Aaron;
O'Brien, Miles;
King, John;
Mattingly, David

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