President Reagan announces commission to investigate Challenger disaster

Close up of Ronald Reagan standing at a lectern with a microphone in front of him. He is wearing a brown suit and tie, and there is a painting behind him. Standing behind him is former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Reagan reads this prepared statement: "As we move away from that terrible day, we must devote our energies to finding out how it happened, and how it can be prevented from happening again. It's time now to assemble a group of distinguished Americans to take a hard look at the accident, to make a calm and deliberate assessment of the facts, and a ways to avoid repetition. "So I am today announcing the formation of a presidential commission on the space shuttle Challenger's accident. The commission will review the circumstances surrounding the accident, determine the probable cause or causes, and develop recommendations for corrective action. And this commission will report back to me within 120 days. William P. Rogers, former Secretary of State and former Attorney General, will serve as chairman of the commission, and Neil Armstrong, former astronaut, will serve as its vice chairman."
Close up of Ronald Reagan standing at a lectern with a microphone in front of him. He is wearing a brown suit and tie, and there is a painting behind him. Standing behind him is former astronaut Neil Armstrong. Reagan reads this prepared statement: "As we move away from that terrible day, we must devote our energies to finding out how it happened, and how it can be prevented from happening again. It's time now to assemble a group of distinguished Americans to take a hard look at the accident, to make a calm and deliberate assessment of the facts, and a ways to avoid repetition. "So I am today announcing the formation of a presidential commission on the space shuttle Challenger's accident. The commission will review the circumstances surrounding the accident, determine the probable cause or causes, and develop recommendations for corrective action. And this commission will report back to me within 120 days. William P. Rogers, former Secretary of State and former Attorney General, will serve as chairman of the commission, and Neil Armstrong, former astronaut, will serve as its vice chairman."
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