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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Dave Drachlis
Stafford-Covey Task Group, Houston
(Phone: 256/544-6538)

Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

August 01, 2003
Stafford-Covey Task Group Holds First Public Meeting
The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group (SCTG) will hold its first public meeting at 11:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Task Group Co-chairman Richard O. Covey will be available to answer news media questions immediately following the meeting.

The public meeting and media availability will be in the Debus Conference Facility at the KSC Visitor Center. Media desiring to cover the meeting should contact Bruce Buckingham, KSC Public Affairs, at 321/867-2468.

During their three-day KSC visit, the Task Group will conduct organizational activities, tour Space Shuttle facilities, and receive briefings on a variety of Shuttle-related topics.

The Task Group was chartered by NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe to perform an independent assessment of NASA's implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's final recommendations. The group is co-chaired by Covey, who is a former Space Shuttle commander, and retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General, and Apollo commander, Thomas P. Stafford.

Additional information about the Task Group is available in the Return to Flight section of the NASA Web site home page:

For biographies of the Task Group members, visit:


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