This program is about 1 hour long
(Houston: Aaron Brown) "The Whip" introduced.
(Houston: Miles O'Brien; White House: John King; Nacogdoches: David Mattingly; Los Angeles: Paul Vercammen) "NewsNight"'s major headlines previewed.
(Houston: Aaron Brown) Page two & a half: more stories previewed.
(Houston: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Houston: Miles O'Brien) The investigation into the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia during re-entry featured; scenes shown of the launch when a piece on falling insulation struck the wing. [Space shuttle program manager Ron DITTEMORE†- says the external tank may be the root cause; notes each tile is individually coded; states we are reviewing "reservations" about damage.] [January 31, flight director LeRoy CAIN - recounts the "minor" damage to the left wing.]
(Houston: Aaron Brown) The budget President Bush presented to the Congress reported.
(White House: John King) The space budget within the overall budget examined; statistics cited. [BUSH - talks about the sacrifice of the men & women from Columbia.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER†- says it would premature to make judgements before investigating the shuttle accident.] Bush's plans to meet with the astronauts' families at tomorrow's memorial service discussed.
(Houston: Aaron Brown) NASA's expansion of the search for shuttle debris noted.
(Nacogdoches: David Mattingly) The collection of shuttle debris in east Texas featured; scenes shown from Nacogdoches. [Douglas school district superintendent Lowell McGUISTON†, Nacogdoches WOMAN - comment.] [Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas KERSS†- says we are finding segments rather than intact pieces.]
(Houston: Aaron Brown) Memorial service in Racine, Wisconsin, for astronaut Laurel Clark shown & her last e-mail quoted.
(Houston: Aaron Brown) The Rogers Commission hearings into the cause of the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger recalled. [February 11, 1986, physicist Richard FEYNMAN- explains the problems with material at 32 degrees.]
(Houston: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Time" magazine writer Jeffrey Kluger about the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia. [KLUGER - recalls the breaking off of a piece of foam insulation during the launch; states his first impulse was "statistical inevitability" & concern about spacecraft fatigue; assesses that NASA has done everything it could within budget limitations.]
(Houston: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles: Paul Vercammen) The arrest in California of music mogul Phil Spector for a murder in his Alhambra home examined; details given of his role as a music producer since the 1960s. [Los Angeles County sheriff's department Faye BUGARIN- comments on the arrest.] [NEIGHBOR - describes what happened at the Spector house.]
(Houston: Aaron Brown) Another outbreak of a Norwalk virus on a cruise ship; the expansion of the Red Cross blood quarantine from Georgia to Tennessee & a work slowdown by New Jersey doctors protesting malpractice insurance hikes reported.
(Houston: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with Representative Sherwood Boehlert about the investigations into the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia. [BOEHLERT - says the International Space Station has taken a large share of the space budget, but has not harmed the shuttle program; indicates the space program & manned flight will & should continue.]
(Houston: Aaron Brown) The return of U.N. weapons inspections Hans Blix & Mohamed el-Baradei to Iraq; more preparations for war in Iraq & Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's "prepare to deploy" order to send bombers to Guam in the standoff with North Korea reported.
(Houston: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with CBS reporter/"Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer. [From Washington, SCHIEFFER - talks about the tragic breakup of the space shuttle Columbia; states terrorists have taken away part of our lives; suggests there is a faint chance that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will go voluntarily or else there will be a war with Iraq; talks about his book "This Just In," which is about stories that reporters tell each other.]
(Houston: Aaron Brown) The view of children of space follwoing the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia featured; scenes shown of the Syracuse, New York, kids who had a science experiment on the shuttle. [Syracuse student Rachel POPPE- comments on the tragic loss.] [In schools, student Brandon YATES, KID, Chris SMITH- state they think little about space.] [Houston science teacher Lisa CHESTNUT- comments.] [Student Kirsten SALYER- talks about space & possibilities.]