The Stafford-Covey Return to Flight Task Group will
hold its second public meeting at 10 a.m. EST, Thursday,
Dec. 11, in the Hilton NASA Clear Lake, 3000 NASA Road 1,

A press conference follows the meeting at NASA’s Johnson
Space Center (JSC) at 12:30 p.m. EST. The press conference
will be carried live on NASA TV with questions taken only
from media at JSC. Reporters who want to participate should
contact the JSC Public Affairs Office at: 281/483-5111 by 4
p.m. EST, Dec. 9, 2003, for accreditation.

Press conference participants: Return to Flight Task Group
Co-Chairman Richard O. Covey; Technical Panel Chairman
Joseph Cuzzupoli; Management Panel Chairman Dr. Daniel L.
Crippen; and Operations Panel Chairman Col. James C.

The Task Group was chartered by NASA to perform an
independent assessment of the agency’s implementation of the
Columbia Accident Investigation Board recommendations. The
group is co-chaired by Covey, a former Space Shuttle
commander, and retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General,
and Apollo commander, Thomas P. Stafford. Information about
the Task Group is available on the Internet at:

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-
Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is
3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural
at 6.80 MHz.