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Space: Shuttle Columbia / Disaster #720969

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 01, 2003
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(Cape Canaveral: Tom Brokaw) The breakup of the space shuttle Columbia during re-entry introduced; scenes shown of the shuttle coming apart.

(Washington: Robert Hager) The sequence of the shuttle disaster reviewed; scenes shown of the launch, the disintegration & the wreckage & the 1986 explosion of the Challenger; diagrams shown of the re-entry toward Cape Canaveral; last exchange between mission control & Columbia played. [Two EYEWITNESSES - describe what happened.]

(Cape Cavaveral: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Cape Canaveral, Florida: Kerry Sanders) The crew members who died in the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia during re-entry featured; scenes shown of the astronauts commander Rick Husband, pilot William McCool, payload commander Michael Anderson, mission specialists Kalpana Chawla†, David Brown, Laurel Clark & payload specialist Israeli Ilan Ramon. [In 1999, HUSBAND - talks about pre-flight checks.] [From space, McCOOL, CLARK - comment.] [Former astronaut Winston SCOTT†, father Paul BROWN†- talk about the crew.]

(Cape Cavaveral: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(New York: Robert Bazell) The investigation into the Columbia disaster featured; details given of concerns about the tiles that protect against heat damage; scenes shown of pieces of debris. [Shuttle program manager Ron DITTEMORE†- talks about the data.] [Former astronaut Rick HAUCK†- talks about losing tiles.] [Former NTSB investigator Gregory FEITH†- outlines the two possibilities.]

(Cape Cavaveral: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Nacogdoches: Jim Cummins) The rain of debris in east Texas featured; scenes shown of pieces of wreckage. [Four WITNESSES - describe what happened.] [Representative Max SANDLIN†- says the debris is federal property.]

(Cape Cavaveral: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Houston: Kelly O'Donnell) The competing emotions at the Johnson Space Center in Houston following the NASA re-entry disaster featured; scenes shown from weather radar of the shuttle breaking up; details given about how the investigation is being handled.

(Cape Cavaveral: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) The emotional reaction of President Bush to the loss of the Columbia examined; scenes shown of the motorcade returning to the White House. [BUSH - talks about "great sadness"; praises the astronauts for willingly facing danger.]

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Hager, Robert;
Sanders, Kerry;
Bazell, Robert;
Cummins, Jim;
O'Donnell, Kelly;
Gregory, David
Duration:
00:16:30

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