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Dean Acosta/Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1400/1600)

Douglas D. Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

July 16, 2005
RELEASE : 05-252
Statement From Space Shuttle Commander
The following is a statement by Eileen Collins, commander of the Space Shuttle’s STS-114 mission:

"My crew will remain in quarantine for the near future, maintaining our proficiency for this mission. We are keeping in close touch with the troubleshooting plan; we have confidence that the best people are working it. In fact, the plan our engineers have put together is impressive, and we are very proud of the work they are doing!

"While the launch delay is disappointing, we have strong confidence that the mission will launch safely and successfully, and we fully support our NASA leadership for taking the time required to understand the problem. We thank all of you for hanging with us!"

For the latest information about the next scheduled flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery and the crew of STS-114, visit the Internet at:


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