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Space: Shuttle Columbia Disaster / Accident Report / NASA #736289

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Robert Hager) The scathing accusation in the report on the space shuttle Columbia disaster that the culture at NASA compromised safety featured; details given about conditions for continuing the shuttle program and about alternative vehicles. [NBC analyst James OBERG††- comments on the report’s recommendation that NASA develop ways to make in-flight repairs.] [Columbia Accident Investigation Board chairman retired Adm. Harold GEHMAN†- says the board expresses profound disappointment that we don’t have a replacement vehicle on the drawing boards.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Houston: Jim Cummins) The reactions of NASA workers and Columbia crewmembers’ families to the report featured; statement from crewmember Rick Husband’s widow Evelyn Husband quoted. [Crewmember Laurel Clark’s husband Jonathan CLARK††- says we have to embrace the recommendations of the board.] [NASA administrator Sean O’KEEFE†- tells employees Flight Control will be known as tough & competent from this day on.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The availability of the text of the shuttle investigation on noted.

Williams, Brian;
Hager, Robert;
Cummins, Jim

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