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A Closer Look (Missed Opportunity) Part I #720914

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A closer look at why NASA did not do more about the damage to the space shuttle Columbia at takeoff introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) The investigation into the Columbia tragedy featured; details given about criticism of NASA's handling of the insulation foam striking the wing upon takeoff. [Challenger Commission member John MACIDULL†- says NASA should have thoroughly checked the damages.] [NASA shuttle program manager Ron DITTEMORE†- says it was judged the event did not represent a safety concern.] Report of extensive tile damage to the Columbia after a 1997 flight noted. [NASA engineer Greg KATNIK‡- says the foam "popcorned" off.]

Jennings, Peter;
Ross, Brian

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