This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Winds noted brisk in shuttle launch area. Report introduced.
(Studio: Bruce Hall) [Air Force Captain Tom STRANGE - comments on wind regulations.] Problems with launch equipment discussed. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) associate admin. Richard TRULY - comments on launch.] Astronaut Robert Crippen noted having final authority to order launch. [CRIPPEN - comments on duties.]
(Studio: Dan Rather, Bruce Hall) Possibilities of launch occurring noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Shuttle astronauts listed and described. Report introduced.
(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Peter Van Sant) Historic scenes shown of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) space exploration. Challenger disaster recalled; scenes shown. [STUDENTS and TEACHER - comment on watching launch.] No. of people watching launch given. [George Washington Univ. spokesperson John LOGSDON - comments on Americans' fear that Discovery won't be launched.] Teacher Sharon Christa McAuliffe mentioned. [STUDENTS - hope for success.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Houston, Texas: David Dow) People in Houston reported hoping to renew hope in space program. [MEN - comment on shuttle.] [Houston Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Gerry GRIFFITH - comments on Houston's love of space program.] [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spokesperson Frank HUGHES - comments on important of Discovery launch.] [Shuttle engineer Susan CREASY - comments on Challenger's impact upon her son.] [Michelle BRECHI - says her children will learn from launch.] [Discovery astronaut's wife Kathy COVEY - comments on anxiety.] [Challenger astronaut Michael Smith's WIDOW - comments.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) House of Representatives reported approving revised Pentagon spending bill; details given, SDI/Star Wars provision noted omitted. President Reagan recalled vetoing earlier version.
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported vetoing trade bill that restricted imports of textiles, clothing and shoes; Reagan reported signing trade bill lifting most trade barriers against Canada; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Reports introd.
(No location given: Bob Schieffer) Singer Loretta Lynn shown singing to Vice President George Bush. [BUSH - campaigns. with regard to values and accuses Michael Dukakis of wanting to give IRS (Internal Revenue Service) more power.]
(New York City: Bruce Morton) [DUKAKIS - criticizes Bush's savings plan for middle class.] Dukakis shown meeting with USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze in New York City; Shevardnadze quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Senator Lloyd Bentsen quoted with regard to Senator Dan Quayle's competency. Quayle noted criticizing Michael Dukakis' defense views.
(Studio: Dan Rather) OMB director James Miller reported resigning. Miller noted being succeeded by his deputy Joseph Wright.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Tawana Brawley, New York teenager who claimed she had been abducted and raped by white men, reported appearing before grand jury. [BRAWLEY - denies "New York Times" article which calls her story a hoax.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze reported leaving UN in New York City to attend meeting with Soviet officials; Shevardnadze quoted with regard to upcoming changes in USSR 's government USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms discussed. Report introduced.
(New York City: Wyatt Andrews) Shevardnadze noted leaving after meeting with Michael Dukakis; meeting with Israel's foreign minister Shimon Peres noted cancelled. [USSR foreign minister spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV - says Communist party structure will change.] Gorbachev's strategy outlined; ex-defense minister Sergei Sokolov and Mathias Rust mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR press reported asserting that rebels in Afghanistan fired rockets into Kabul; details given, scenes shown. For. minister Eduard Shevardnadze quoted with regard to troop withdrawal.
(Studio: Dan Rather) China (Puerto Rico)'s foreign minister reported agreeing to visit Moscow, USSR , later this year to discuss restoration of relations; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Discovery launch preparations featured. [Astronaut Rick HAUCK - comments on changes in program.] Confidence in NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) noted shaken by Challenger explosion. [Ex-astronaut Michael COLLINS - comments on dangers.] [Rocket builder Mitch McALLISTER - comments on safety.] [Ethel PIERCE - comments on quality control.] [Ex-Morton Thiokol engineer Roger BOISJOLY - says redesigned rocket boosters still are not safe.] [HAUCK - comments on launch.]