Presidential Space Commission Report, June 16, 2003
A Presidential Commission headed by Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge, Jr. releases its report on implementation of The Vision for Space Exploration -- NASA's plans to return to the Moon, travel to Mars and Beyond.
Contour Mishap Board Completes Investigation, Oct. 15, 2003
NASA's Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) Mishap Investigation Board (MIB) identified four possible causes for the failure of the comet-rendezvous mission launched in July 2002. The Board concluded the probable proximate cause for this accident was structural failure of the spacecraft due to plume heating during the embedded solid-rocket motor burn.