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The Nation : Shuttle Overtime Reduced

January 12, 1987

National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials are creating a standby "scrub team" so launch managers can get adequate rest when shuttle countdowns are postponed. Officials said they also are ordering a sharp reduction in Kennedy Space Center overtime to eliminate the long hours worked by shuttle engineers, technicians and managers. The presidential commission that investigated the Challenger explosion that killed seven crew members last Jan. 28 was critical of the great amount of overtime built up by shuttle workers, mainly because the previous flight had a record seven postponements and Challenger had five.

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