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Fact-Finding Plenary
September 9 - 11, 2003
Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas

Return to Flight Task Group members review the agenda for the groupís fact-finding meetings in Houston Sept. 9 through 11, 2003. From left are retired Navy Rear Admiral Walter H. Canterell, retired Air Force Lieutenant General Forrest McCartney, and ,standing, Robert Seick. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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Return to Flight Task Group members participate in fact-finding meeting in Houston Sept. 10, 2003. The group is chartered to assess NASAís implementation of the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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Richard O. Covey, co-chairman of the Return to Flight Task Group, right, and David Lengyel, the groupís executive secretary receive a briefing on NASAís return to flight plans during a fact-finding visit to Houston Sept. 10, 2003. The group is chartered to assess NASAís implementation of the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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Return to Flight Task Group Co-chairman Richard O. Covey listens to a briefing on NASAís return to flight plans during the groupís fact-finding visit to Houston Sept. 10, 2003. The group is chartered to assess NASAís implementation of the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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Retired Air Force Reserve Major General Bill Anders participates in a fact-finding meeting of the Return to Flight Task Group in Houston Sept. 10, 2003. Anders, a former NASA astronaut, is a member of the 30-member group chartered to assess NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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Return to Flight Task Group member Dr. Rosemary O'Leary listens to a briefing on NASAís plans to return the Space Shuttle to flight during the groupís fact-finding meeting Sept. 10, 2003 in Houston. The group is chartered to assess NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís return to flight recommendations.

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Dr. Decatur Rogers of the Return to Flight Task Group participates in the groupís Sept. 10, 2003 fact-finding meeting in Houston. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís return to flight recommendations.

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Return to Flight Task Group member Dr. Dan Crippen listens to a briefing on NASAís plans to return the Space Shuttle to flight during the groupís Sept. 10, 2003 fact-finding visit to Houston. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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Extra-Vehicular Activity Officer Donna Weigel, right, discusses one of the tools used by astronauts during spacewalks with Dr. Amy Donahue of the Return to Flight Task Group. Members of the Task Groupís Operations Panel toured the Johnson Space Centerís Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston during a fact-finding visit Sept. 10, 2003. The Task Group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of Columbia Accident Investigation Board recommendations.

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Return to Flight Planning Team Leader, Jim Halsell, left, briefs members of the Return to Flight Task Groupís Operations Panel on extra-vehicular activity training during a visit to the Johnson Space Centerís Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, Sept. 10, 2003. The Task Group is chartered to conduct an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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Flight Director Phil Engelauf, right, briefs members of the Return to Flight Task Groupís Management Panel during a Sept. 10, 2003 visit to the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Task Group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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Members of the Return to Flight Task Groupís Management Panel talk with Mission Evaluation Room Manager Don McCormack, left, during a Sept. 10, 2003 tour of the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The Task Group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

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