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

Dave Drachlis
Stafford-Covey Task Group, Houston
(Phone 256/651-4713)

July 19, 2004
Stafford-Covey Task Group Announces July 22 Public Meeting
The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group will conduct a public meeting by telephone conference at Noon EDT, Thursday, July 22. It will assess NASA's implementation of two Columbia Accident Investigation Board Space Shuttle Return to Flight recommendations. The recommendations to be deliberated are related to foreign object debris definition and digitizing closeout photography.

The public can listen to the teleconference from the Apollo Annex, 1740 NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas, 77598.

The news media can monitor the meeting via a special telephone bridge. Following the meeting, Co-Chairman Richard O. Covey and Task Group Operations Panel Lead Col. James C. Adamson, will be available briefly by telephone at 2 p.m. EDT to answer questions from the media about the proceedings. For access, reporters should contact Shannon Bach at: 281/792-7523, no later than 4 p.m. EDT July 21.

Media who do not want to ask questions can listen to the teleconference by calling: 321/867-1220/1240/1260.

The task group is co-chaired by Covey, a former Space Shuttle Commander and retired Air Force Lieutenant General and former Apollo Mission Commander Thomas Stafford. The task group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASA's actions to implement the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board as they relate to the safety and operational readiness of the next Space Shuttle flight.

For information about the Stafford-Covey Task Group, visit:


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