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Fact-Finding Plenary
December 9 - 10, 2003
Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas

Retired Army Col. James C. Adamson, Return to Flight Task Group Operations Panel chairman, right, reviews fact-finding data with support staff member retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle during the groupís December 2003 plenary session in Houston. 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 member retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Forrest McCartney, discusses NASAís return to flight plans during the task groupís December 2003 plenary session in Houston. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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Air Force Col. Susan J. Helms, a member of the Return to Flight Task Group, discusses NASAís return to flight plans with a colleague during a fact-finding meeting in Houston on Dec. 10, 2003. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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Members and staff of the Return to Flight Task Group Management Panel discuss fact-finding activities during the task groupís plenary session in December 2003. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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Members and staff of the Return to Flight Task Group Management Panel discuss fact-finding activities during the task groupís plenary session in December 2003. 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 Operations Panel member Dr. Kathryn Clark discusses the panelís findings during the task groupís Dec. 11, 2003 public meeting in Houston. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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Members of the media cover the Return to Flight Task Groupís Dec. 11, 2003 public meeting in Houston. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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Members of the media cover the Return to Flight Task Groupís Dec. 11, 2003 public meeting in Houston. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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The Return to Flight Task Group conducts a press conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, following the groupís Dec. 11, 2003 public meeting. Participating, from right, are Richard O. Covey, task group co-chairman; Joseph W. Cuzzupoli, technical panel chairman; and Dr. Dan. L. Crippen, management panel chairman. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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Dr. Dan. L. Crippen, chairman of the Return to Flight Task Group Management Panel, responds to a question from the news media during a press conference following the task groupís Dec. 11, 2003 public meeting in Houston. 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 Technical Panel Chairman Joseph W. Cuzzupoli, responds to a media question during a press conference following the task groupís Dec. 11, 2003 public meeting in Houston. 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 Co-chairman Richard O. Covey, responds to media questioning during a press conference following the task groupís Dec. 11, 2003 public meeting in Houston. The group is chartered to make an independent assessment of NASAís implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Boardís recommendations.

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