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Douglas Brown Releases Statement About Emails

By SpaceRef Editor
February 10, 2003
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“I wanted to clarify a couple of facts reported recently
regarding my brother, Dave Brown, a member of the Columbia
STS 107 mission.

Dave sent several personal emails during the mission, but at
no time did he write about any concerns with damage to the
left wing of the orbiter or any other safety issues.
As they reached orbit, Dave took his planned photos of the
external tank separation, which is standard procedure. These
are the photos I discussed with Senator Allen.

When I asked Dave at Christmas what he would want me to say
if he didn’t make it back, he said the program must go on. He
said “I accepted this risk when I took the job, just as I did
when I became a Naval aviator.”

Douglas Brown

Feb. 6, 2003

David M. Brown was a captain in the U.S. Navy and was serving
as a Mission Specialist on the space Shuttle Columbia. He was
a naval aviator and a flight surgeon. STS-107 was his first
space flight.

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