Sent: Monday, March 21, 2005 11:45 AM
To: DL JSC Civil Servants; DL JSC Contractors
Subject: HQ SPECIAL NOTICE – Return to Flight Message from the STS-114

In just a few weeks, Discovery is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center.

This is an important event in all our lives, not just the seven people who will fly aboard Discovery, but also the thousands of you whose work is making it possible for us to return the Shuttle fleet to space safely.

The past two years have challenged all of us to look closely at the work we do and ask “How can I do this better?” For me personally, these challenges have brought renewed strength and commitment — to my family, friends and coworkers, and to making sure I do the best possible job I can as Commander of this mission.

I believe we are all stronger for having met these challenges, and that collective strength is allowing us to return to flight safely, complete the International Space Station, and move forward with the Vision for Space Exploration.

When Discovery lifts off the launch pad, my entire crew knows that we will carry your hearts and dreams with us. Thank you for your creativity, your dedication and your commitment.

Eileen Collins
Commander, STS-114