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

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

June 16, 2005
Return to Flight Task Group Plans Final Public Meeting/Briefing
The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group is scheduled to conduct its final public meeting at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, June 27, at the Residence Inn Capitol, 333 E Street SW, Washington. The meeting will be followed by a 4 p.m. EDT news conference, across the street at NASA Headquarters. The news conference will be carried live on NASA Television.

The group plans to complete its assessment of NASA's implementation of the 15 Space Shuttle Return to Flight recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). The meeting date is contingent on NASA completing its internal review milestones and providing information the Task Group requires to complete its deliberations.

Meeting-room capacity is limited. Media planning to attend the public meeting should contact Dave Drachlis, at 256/651-4713, by 3 p.m. EDT Friday, June 24.

Live audio of the meeting will be available on the Internet at:

The news conference will be held in the NASA Headquarters auditorium, with media questions taken from participating NASA locations.

The participants are Return to Flight 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.

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 briefing also will be video-streamed live on the Internet at:

NASA chartered the Task Group to perform an independent assessment of the agency's implementation of the 15 CAIB Return to Flight implementation recommendations. Additional information on the Return to Flight Task Group is available at:


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