Media Invited to Cover Arrival of Columbia Accident Investigation Board at KSC Feb. 12

Press Release From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Media representatives will have the opportunity to cover the arrival of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Retired Navy Admiral Harold W. Gehman, Jr., board chairman and the other members of the board are scheduled to arrive at the SLF at about 11 a.m. EST.

In addition, a media pool will be selected to accompany the board and observe some of their activities during their visit to KSC Feb. 12 - 13. Locations the board will tour include the Orbiter Processing Facilities, the Vehicle Assembly Building, the launch pads and the Launch Control Center.

Media may also cover the board's departure from KSC Friday morning. The current planned departure time from the SLF is 7:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The independent board is charged with determining what caused the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the loss of its seven-member crew on Feb. 1 during reentry.

Board members accompanying Admiral Gehman are: Rear Admiral Stephen Turcotte, Commander, U.S. Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Va.; Major General John L. Barry, Director, Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Major General Kenneth W. Hess, U.S. Air Force Chief of Safety, Washington; Dr. James N. Hallock, Aviation Safety Division Chief, U.S. Department of Transportation, Cambridge, Mass.; Steven B. Wallace, Director, Office of Accident Investigation, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington; Scott Hubbard, Director NASA Ames Research Center, Calif.; Roger E. Tetrault, former Chairman of McDermott International, Inc.; Brigadier General Duane Deal, Commander 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.; and Bryan D. O'Connor, NASA's Associate Administrator for Safety and Mission Assurance.

NOTICE TO EDITORS: Media representatives wishing to participate should be at the KSC Press Site by 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, for transport to the SLF. Media wishing to attend the Board's departure must be at the press site by 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

STS-107 badging requirements and security restrictions for the media remain in effect. Media parking will be at Gate 3 on S.R. 405. Additional information regarding accreditation, transportation to the KSC Press Site, and News Center operational hours is available by calling the KSC News Center at (321) 867-2468.

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