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Fact-Finding Visit
October 29, 2003
Southwest Research Institute
San Antonio, Texas

Frank Benz of NASAís Johnson Space Center in Houston, briefs members of the Return to Flight Task Groupís Technical panel on the reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) impact test rig during a fact-finding visit to the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 29, 2003. Task group members and supporting staff are, from left, Sy Rubenstein, Astronaut Carlos Noriega, Rob Hammond, and Ben Cosgrove. The task group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the return-to-flight recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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Sy Rubenstein, a member of the Return to Flight Task Groupís Technical Panel, second from right, reviews high-speed images of a reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) impact test during a visit to Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 29, 2003. With Rubenstein are, from left, task group support staff member Michael Conley, NASA RCC systems engineer Don Curry and NASA photogrammetry expert Ed Oshel. The task group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the return-to-flight recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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