Four television networks plan to televise portions of the space shuttle Discovery's first attempt to salvage two derelict satellites Monday morning.
ABC, CBS and NBC plan to cut into their early morning programs with live coverage of astronauts Joseph P. Allen and Dale A. Gardner in spacesuits trying to retrieve the communications satellite Palapa that once belonged to Indonesia but now is owned by a group of insurance underwriters.
CBS (WDVM) plans live coverage of the shuttle activities during the second hour of its "CBS Morning News" which begins at 8 a.m. EST.
The network plans to run at least three telecasts of the space salvage attempt.
NBC (WRC) plans to broadcast at least four segments of the salvage attempt on the "Today" show, which begins at 7 a.m. EST. The network plans to feed shuttle coverage to affiliates until 11:30 a.m., cutting into network and local programming.
On its "Good Morning, America" broadcast, ABC (WJLA) plans to start coverage at 7:45 a.m. and will cut in with broadcasts until 9 a.m. ABC plans to broadcast a "special report" starting at 9:20 a.m.
Cable News Network plans to begin its live coverage at 7:44 a.m. EST and says it will "stay on as long as NASA provides us a picture."
All four television networks plan to have astronauts on hand to provide commentary.