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The article explains it all. NASA said from the start that the astronauts perished in the explosion. When a bit later it became apparent that the crew
were alive all the way down and probably even conscious, NASA didn't want to upset the relatives, didn't want ripples in the water, didn't want to
be accused to being responsible for horrible suffering of the crew. So they kept secret most details about the recovery, and even removed a big part
of the crew cabin from display when there were visitors.