Releases New Report Volumes
Volumes II-VI of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board's
report on the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia and the STS-107
crew are now available on the Internet at www.nasa.gov.
The new volumes contain appendices and additional information
that supports the text of Volume 1. The first volume was released
on Aug. 26.
which is also known as the CAIB, began its probe soon after
the accident on Feb. 1. The CAIB report can be found on the
Human Space Flight Web's STS-107
Investigation Reference page and
to Flight efforts are under way. NASA released on Oct. 15
the first revision of its "Implementation Plan for Space Shuttle
Return to Flight and Beyond." This revision reflects NASA's
progress to date in responding to the recommendations and
observations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board
(CAIB), as well as additional actions initiated by the Space
Shuttle Program. The plan will be updated periodically.
broke up during re-entry over Texas en route to landing at
Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The STS-107
crewmembers -- Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool,
Mission Specialists Michael Anderson, Dave Brown, Laurel Clark
and Kalpana Chawla and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon of Israel
-- were returning home after a successful 16-day scientific
the Columbia Recovery Office from Johnson
Space Center in Houston, Texas, to Kennedy
Space Center. With the move, recovery coordination and
storage of the debris are located at the same location. NASA
still has its toll-free hotline for anyone who may have found
Columbia debris. The number is 1-866-446-6603 and calls will
be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Evelyn Husband, wife of STS-107 Commander Rick Husband,
participates in the tree planting ceremony in Johnson
Space Center's Memorial Tree Grove. Looking on in
the background is Johnson Space Center Director
Jefferson D. Howell Jr.
Trees Added to Memorial Grove
Seven live oak trees were planted in Johnson Space Center's
Memorial Tree Grove in memory of the STS-107 astronauts --
Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool, Payload Specialist
Ilan Ramon and Mission Specialists Michael Anderson, Dave
Brown, Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark. The STS-107 crewmembers
were lost Feb. 1, 2003, when Space Shuttle Columbia broke
up during re-entry. A member of each astronaut's family
participated in the ceremonial tree planting on April 16,
Tree Grove contains 40 trees, with 38 representing deceased
astronauts. In January 1996, the grove began with seven live
oak trees planted in memory of the STS-51L crewmembers who
perished Jan. 28, 1986, when Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.
Johnson Space Center officially established the Memorial Tree
Grove on May 30, 1996.
the STS-107 Crew Memorial
on NASA's Human Space Flight Web.