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

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

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

September 2, 2004
Stafford-Covey Task Group Announces Sept. 16 Public Meeting
The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group will hold its next public meeting at 9 a.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Webster Civic Center, 311 Pennsylvania Avenue, Webster, Texas.

A news conference will follow the meeting at noon EDT at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston. It will be carried live on NASA TV with questions taken only from media at JSC. Reporters who want to participate should contact the JSC Public Affairs Office at: 281/483-5111 by 4 p.m. EDT, Sept. 15, for accreditation.

The news conference participants are Stafford-Covey Task Group Co-Chairman Richard O. Covey, Technical Panel Lead Joseph Cuzzupoli, Management Panel Lead Dr. Daniel L. Crippen, and Operations Panel Lead Col. James C. Adamson.

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

Additional information on the Return to Flight Task Group is available at:

NASA Television is available in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA Television is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, located at 137 degrees west longitude. Frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

The news conference also will be webcast live on the Internet at:


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