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Douglas Brown Releases Statement

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Glenn Mahone/Doc Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington             Feb. 10, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-1600)
RELEASE: 03-062
     "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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