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

Dave Drachlis
Stafford-Covey Task Group, Houston
(Phone 266/651-4713)

August 15, 2005
Return to Flight Task Group Announces Final Report and Media Event
The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group will issue the full text of its final report at 11 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, Aug. 17. The leaders of the Task Group will discuss the report during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday.

Return to Flight Task Group Co-chairmen, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Stafford and retired Air Force Col. Richard. O. Covey will participate in the media teleconference.

To participate, news media should contact Dave Drachlis at: 256/651-4713 by Noon EDT, Wednesday.

The report, audio from the teleconference and additional information will be available at the task group's Web site at:

NASA chartered the Task Group to perform an independent assessment of the agency's implementation of the 15 Return to Flight recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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