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Space: Shuttle Columbia / Disaster #720979

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 02, 2003
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(Johnson Space Center: Brian Williams) The second catastrophic failure for the shuttle space program introduced.

(Johnson Space Center: Robert Hager) The investigation into the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia during re-entry featured; details given of problems with the shuttle's left wing & of the sequence of events before the spacecraft came apart. [Space shuttle program manager Ron DITTEMORE†- talks about the drag on the left side.] [On "Meet the Press," NASA administrator Sean O'KEEFE†- says every piece of evidence will be looked at.] NASA's naming of retired Adm. Harold Gehman† to head an independent investigative commission & earlier problems with heat-shield tiles reported.

(Johnson Space Center: Brian Williams) Map shown of the debris field.

(Toledo Bend Reservoir, Texas: Jim Avila) The search for debris featured; scenes shown from the Toledo Bend Reservoir in east Texas. [Sabine County Sheriff Tommy MADDOX†, emergency management Bill SMITH†- talk about searching for the debris.] [Former NTSB investigator Greg FEITH†- outlines the two possibilities.] [After erecting a cross, Roger CODY - comments.]

(Johnson Space Center: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Nacogdoches: Jim Cummins) The shower of debris in Nacogdoches, Texas, featured; scenes shown of pieces on the ground. [Residents Dana HAGEL, Cheryl CRIST, Ed KLEIN - show debris.]

(Johnson Space Center: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Cape Canaveral: Kerry Sanders) The stories of the seven astronauts who died on the shuttle mission featured; many photos shown of mission specialists Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, commander Rick Husband, pilot William McCool & Israeli payload specialist Ilan Ramon. [Clark's mother Margory BROWN†, father Bobbie ANDERSON†, former astronaut Winston SCOTT†- talk about the crew members.]

(Johnson Space Center: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Houston: Kelly O'Donnell) The impact on Houston, NASA's home base, featured; scenes shown from a church service & the spontaneous memorial at the Johnson Space Center entrance. [Two RESIDENTS - praise the space program.] [Retired astronaut Walt CUNNINGHAM - talks about the community.]

Williams, Brian;
Hager, Robert;
Avila, Jim;
Cummins, Jim;
Sanders, Kerry;
O'Donnell, Kelly

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