NBC Evening News for Friday, May 23, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(New York: Robert Bazell) NASA’s admission that it might have been possible to rescue the astronauts on the space shuttle Columbia featured; details given of how a rescue using the shuttle Atlantis would work; animation shown; excerpt shown from “Apollo 13.” [EXPERT – says they probably could have done it.] [Retired astronaut Norm THAGARD- says the astronaut corps would sign up for such a mission.] [On telephone, head accident investigator retired Adm. Harold GEHMAN- comments on the risk of a dangerous rescue mission.] [In February, NASA space shuttle program manager Ron DITTEMORE- says there was zero that we could do about it.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) The views of NBC space reporter Jay Barbree on how the space program has changed since the first launch presented in his own words; footage shown. [BARBREE – talks about the spirit of the original Mercury astronauts; comments on averting disaster aboard Apollo 13; says they will have to return to a “can-do” attitude.]
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