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Minutes of Open Meeting

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, May 6, 2003
Time of Meeting: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location of Meeting:
Hilton Houston Clear Lake
3000 NASA Road One
Houston, Texas

Board Members Present:

Admiral Hal Gehman

Major General John Barry

Dr. Sheila Widnall

Mr. Steven B. Wallace

Mr. G. Scott Hubbard

Major General Kenneth Hess

Brigadier General Duane Deal

Mr. Roger Tetrault

Board Staff Present:

Lt. Col. Tyrone Woodyard

Terry Williams

Patricia Brach

J. William Sikora

Other Government Employees Present in Their Official Capacity:

Dr. Gregory J. Byrne, Assistant Manager, Human Exploration Science, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Office (ARES)

Steven Rickman, Chief of the Thermal Design Branch

Dr. Brian M. Kent, Air Force Research Laboratory "Research Fellow"

David W. Whittle, Chairman of the Systems Safety Review Panel and Chairman of the Mishap Investigation Team in the Shuttle Program Office

Paul S. Hill, Flight Director for NASA Space Shuttle and International Space Station

Members of the Public who Presented Oral or Written Statements:

R. Douglas White Director of Operations Requirements, Orbiter Element Department for
United Space Alliance.

Matters Discussed:

The process used to enhance ascent video of the Shuttle Columbia and to identify the point of impact between the foam shed from the external tank and the reinforced carbon-carbon components on the leading edge of the left wing.

The timeline of off-nominal sensor data from the final reentry of the Space Shuttle Columbia as updated to include information from the OEX data recorder recovered from the debris field.

The results of radar cross-section tests in and the comparison of those results corresponding with ballistic characteristics to try to identify the object that was observed separating from Columbia during flight day two.

The status of the collection and analysis of the debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia

Matters Resolved at the Meeting:


Documents Received, Issued or Approved at the Meeting:


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