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Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

April 23, 2004
 
NOTE TO EDITORS : n04-059
 
 
Columbia Crew Mistakenly Identified As Iraqi War Casualties
 
 
Many news organizations across the country are mistakenly identifying the flag-draped caskets of the Space Shuttle Columbia's crew as those of war casualties from Iraq.

Editors are being asked to confirm that the images used in news reports are in fact those of American casualties and not those of the NASA astronauts who were killed Feb.1, 2003, in the Columbia tragedy.

An initial review of the images featured on the Internet site www.thememoryhole.org shows that more than 18 rows of images from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware are actually photographs of honors rendered to Columbia's seven astronauts.

News organizations across the world have been publishing and distributing images featured on the web site.

 

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