Capital, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland
Clo Circi News he Capital Tomorrow's Light For see page 7. VOL. Cl NO. 23 JANUARY 1986 25 Cents Space ship explodes on launch Shuttle crew killed By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE Fla. Space shuttle Challenger exploded into a gigantic fireball moments after liftoff apparently killing all seven crew including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. There was no announcement of the fate of the crew but it appeared there was no way they could survive. The billion spacecraft ap- peared to be destroyed. It was the first in-the-air disaster in 56 U.S. man-in-space although three astronauts were killed in a 1967 launch pad explosion during the Apollo program. After a series of weather and technical the shuttle rose spectacularly off the launch pad at a.m. EST and was climbing smoothly trailing a 700-geyser of fire when suddenly it erupted in a huge fireball and shot out of control. A voice at Mission Control are checking with recovery forces to see what can be done at this point.... Contingency proce- dures are hi The voice has ex- ploded-----We are awaiting word from any recovery forces down- The explosion was a devastating setback for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration after suc- cessfully carrying out 24 space shut- tle missions in sUghtlx less than five years. There were seven crew members including Mrs. a 37-year-old New Hampshire teacher selected as America's first citizen in APlMWphoto SPACE SHUTTLE mission 51-L explodes today shortly after liftoff from Kennedy Space Center with a crew of seven aboard. No one was expected to survive. Mission Control said debris from the shuttle fell several miles out in the Atlantic and that reovery forces were speeding is that direction. The other crew members were commander Francis R. pilot Michael J. Judith Ronald E. Ellison S. and Gregory B. 41. Mission Control said parts of the spacecraft fell at 28.64 north latitude are checking with recovery forces to see what can be done at this Contingency procedures are in effect. Vehicle has exploded-----We are awaiting word from any recovery forces A voice at Mission Control and 80.28 degrees west just a few miles off Cape Canaveral. Ships and helicopters raced to the area and the control center said paramedics had leaped into the wa- ter. There was no indication how much of the shuttle was intact. The shocking spectacle of the ex- plosion was seen by millions of people around the country who were watching the launch on television. All students at Mrs. McAu- liffe's Concord High School were cheering the televised launch when a teacher yelled for them to be silent because something appeared to be wrong. As it became clear there was an stunned students mur- can't be real-----We can't be watching who were gathered in the were ordered back to their rooms. Many of the youths went protesting that they wanted to be allowed to contin- ue watching. Challenger was one of four shuttles in NASA's fleet. The flight was the second of a record 15 shuttle flights that NASA had planned this year. GOOD AREA Adult day-care is endorsed. Page 25. STATE An overseer for the banking and savings and loan industry is proposed. Page 4. Cuba is appalled by Libyan actions. Page 2. SPORTS Former Redskin Ken Hous- ton is named to the Hall of Fame. Page 17. PEOPLE Sportscaster Heward CeseD has won TV llth an- Baal Mr. Nice Guy Award for sports figure displaying boorish whose program was canceled by ABC in out in Nke Guy knocking the firm that made him rich and famous and knocking col- leagues with whom he TV Guide said. LOTTERY Numbers drawn yesterday Thrss-diflt 7ss. Pick 4-Mil INDEX 4 S2 Bestow Celeater...... 16 n 6 a-a 7 7 17-fl ...Jl Farm Crowd rallies against annex By CHRISTINE NEUBERGER Staff Writer Undeterred by the artic weath- a crowd of fuming county residents rallied last night to block plans to develop a prime waterfront tract near Annapolis. An avalanche of some 250 peo- ple descended upon Eastport An- napolis Neck Library on HiHsmere Drive to organize ef- forts to preserve Quiet Waters Farm as a park and to prevent its annexation and development are up against enormous warned County Council- woman Maureen T. D- M the exhorted the Photo by OMbwt QUIET WATERS One of the waterfronts some residents want preserved for a parkland. cheering crowd at the top of her voice. have to do everything we can and we have got to move The county for years hoped to buy toe 340 acres of South River waterfront known as Quiet Waters Farm for a major park. But D.C -area investors last month obtained a contract to purchase the site off Forest Drive and build up to 250 homes there. on Page Col. It probably will be months now before another shuttle can be while engineers try to determine what went wrong. NASA said the explosion occurred about 60 seconds into the at a point when the astronauts were beginning to throttle their engines up to maximum thrust after they throt- tled them down to a 60 percent level at 35 seconds in order to reduce the forces of gravity during liftoff. The explosion also occurred about the time Challenger was to enter a period of maximum aerodynamic pressure when wind and other at- mospheric conditions would place the maximum force on the outside of the vehicle. There was no indication whether the explosion occurred in the solid boosters or in the main engines fueled by hydrogen and oxygen from the main tank. When Challenger lifted its huge fuel tank carried gallons of volatile liquid by- drogen and oxygen. Mission control reported that there was no indication of any problem with the the solid boosters or any other system and that the shuttle just suddenly blew apart. Radio communications and teleme- try abruptly ended. There was total shock and disbelief among workers at the shuttle assem- bly buildig as they watched Challe- ner break up in a ball of fire and white and orange smoke. can't believe said a young almost as she stood among coworkers outside the build- ing. can't see the orbiter what happened to said a young technician. President Reagan today stood in as he watched a television replay of the space shuttle explosion. Presidential spokesman Larry Speakes said Vice President George Bush and his national security advis- Adm. John interrupt- ed a meeting of Reagan and senior oa Page CoL Plans fought Eastport fights water projects By KEVIN DRAWBAUGH Staff Writer Neighbors from both sides of the peninsula manned the battlements of 'Fortress Eastport' last night to fight two projects proposed for Spa and Rack Creeks. Despite arctic weather and a meet- ing that lasted nearly five about 35 residents turned out for City Council hearings on the develop- ments. In an unusual legal five of them filed an appeal asking the council to overturn a Port Wardens decision allowing construction of a M-slip marina on congested Back Creek. Stymied by legal the council made no decision on the oa Page CeL Schools seek hike By JACQUELINE TENCZA Staff Writer County School Sapsriateiident Robert C. Rice last night unveiled an optimise mOttot school operating a percent increase over this year's spending. In an attempt to demonstrate the cost of programs toe pvbttc has asked Rks said Us badfet was statement of as requested by school depertBeot beads. ttaaaft peeele tt doass't cost araea to de bet sosMtteei tt tad the who prssaam both Ms the attrianasd 9X19 ariQta sehsei said the settoi was Bseaat to peopli into tt easts to raa ear operative. The a position the school board and school officials have discussed all year. Rice pared down the requests to minion ttt mtUioa larger than this year's mfflkw operating budget hot did not indicate where he would make eats. He wfll take that ictkm at the school board's Feb. 5 badfet hearing Last year Rice'i statement of need cafled for a 20 percent budget Increase The boird bad little comment oa the proposal except to appisad the superiaaasdeat tor reiessmf the uncut staff reeaeet. Two pvhik Feb. S aad 17 oa st the Urs lead Pants. The wffl be adestsd by the heard at Feb.li. _____ Frsai there It fees ta the eoaaty eats tt farther. The Cooaty either cut or restore The board last night also considered delet- ing a poiky that automatically excludes pres- choolers with herpes from riding the bus to SCHOOL The proposed change was prompted by s request from Edward Bigley of Mfflenvffle. whose was the first known student with herpes to attend county school The beard wfll take final setkua oo matter Feb. 17. The school board was also briefed oo the eoastrvettoa of an indoor coaaty pool at High School oa Rtva Read Parole. Joseph P. eeaaty director of the. of Reereattee sad teU the heard a arecedars wffi bt set as for the peel sad flsr rates eharfsd far tt. aw esttthe essjrieys to ass school BUDGET IN BRIEF A 6 percent pay million for 179 to Implement a seven-period 11.9 million for 63 for 22 elementary schools with low million for 56 teachers to reduce combination million for 46 teachers to meet Mphef ototnotttery million for M to cut English class to 18 in for 6 elementary school guidance and. MbMlM repairmen.