Press Release

Space Shuttle Accident Investigation Board Chair Tours Recovery Area

By SpaceRef Editor
February 4, 2003
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The following is a statement from retired Admiral Harold
W. Gehman, Jr., who chairs the independent Space Shuttle
Accident Investigation Board. Admiral Gehman toured the
recovery area today with other members of the investigative

“The purpose of our visit here today is to get out and look
at some of the debris recovery area. This makes the accident
more personal to us and prevents it from becoming an abstract

“We’re not going to solve this today. We’re here to see what
the debris looks like and to get a sense of it personally.

“There are over 20 investigatory teams working on the various
aspects of the Columbia accident. The board will take
supervisory authority over all these activities.

“I’d like to compliment the many agencies involved in this
effort. As you know, FEMA is in charge of the recovery
effort, and our hats are off to the wonderful work they are

“We have no timetable, but we have two main responsibilities
here. One is to future astronauts, who need to know we’ve
done everything possible to make it safe for them to fly. The
other is to the three people currently in orbit on the
International Space Station, who need to have the Shuttle
program fly as soon as possible.”

SpaceRef staff editor.