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Stafford-Covey Task Group Issues Second Interim Report

The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group is issuing their second interim report Wednesday, May 19. The group is making an independent assessment of NASA's implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board Space Shuttle Return to flight recommendations.

The document will be available Wednesday at 8 a.m. EDT on the Internet at:

Co-Chairman Richard Covey will be available to answer news media questions by teleconference Wednesday at noon EDT. Media interested in participating in the teleconference must contact Shannon Bach at: 281/792-7523 by 11 a.m. EDT May 19.

Media who do not want to ask questions may listen to the teleconference by calling: 321/867-1220/1240/1260.

The 28-member task group is co-chaired by Covey, a former Space Shuttle Commander and retired USAF Lt. Gen.; and former Apollo Mission Commander Thomas Stafford. The Task Group will report results to NASA at appropriate intervals and will provide a final report to the agency approximately one month before the Space Shuttle returns to flight.

For information about NASA's efforts to return flight on the Internet, visit:
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