As the historic Space Shuttle program comes to a close this month, KUED is celebrating Utah's important role in the mission when it broadcasts its production "To the Stars: Utah and the Space Shuttle" twice this week.
The program airs 8 p.m. Tuesday, and repeats at 8:30 p.m. July 8 on KUED Channel 7.
The KUED-produced documentary is hosted by Ken Verdoia, the station's director of production, and was produced and directed by Al Cutler. The program examines the vital contributions by the employees of the Brigham City-based Morton Thiokol Corporation (now known as ATA Launch Systems Group) in the development and refinement of the solid rocket booster for the shuttle missions.
The documentary also examines the investigation into the 1986 Challenger explosion, which was helped by former head of NASA and University of Utah president James C. Fletcher. President Ronald Reagan recalled Fletcher to service to help restore public confidence in the shuttle program.
The program also remembers Utah U.S. Senator Jake Garn's historic mission into space in April 1985, where he served as the payload specialist for Space Shuttle Discovery.