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Space: Shuttle Columbia / Breakup #720944

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 01, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The breaking up of the space shuttle Columbia during re-entry shown.

(New York: Ned Potter) Timeline of Columbia's return examined; scenes shown of the launch of the science mission & of the shuttle breaking up; exchange between mission control & Columbia played. [NASA administrator Sean O'KEEFE††- says they were courageous.] [President BUSH - comments.] [NASA shuttle program manager Ron DITTEMORE†- comments on the problems at launch.] [ editor Keith COWING†- says there was a sequence of events.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Nacogdoches: Mike von Fremd) The debris field in eastern Texas featured; scenes shown of smoldering chunks of the shuttle. [WITNESS, Mika MILLER‡ - describe what happened.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Johnson Space Center, Houston: Lisa Stark) The issue of shuttle safety examined in light of problems at liftoff; scenes shown of Columbia's launch; details given of the major overhaul last year. [Consultant John PIKE†- says they have been improving the shuttle hardware; outlines what will be looked at.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Live interview held with former NASA engineer Jim Oberg about he space shuttle. [OBERG - speculates about damage on the left wing; explains why the crew on the space shuttle are all right.]

Jennings, Peter;
Potter, Ned;
von Fremd, Mike;
Stark, Lisa

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