Space: Out of Court Settlement

Out of Court Settlement

"The Department of Justice and the families are pleased that these settlements were achieved . . . without the need to engage in litigation." With those words, the U.S. Government last week announced that the kin of four crew members who perished aboard the space shuttle Challenger last January had resolved their potential claims against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Settling were the families of Mission Commander Francis Scobee, High School Teacher Christa McAuliffe, Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka and Payload Specialist Gregory Jarvis. The families, who initiated the talks in August, are expected to receive at least $750,000 each, paid...

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