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A STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF COLUMBIA ASTRONAUT DAVE BROWN



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)                       August 27, 2003

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

RELEASE: 03-277

A STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF COLUMBIA ASTRONAUT DAVE BROWN

     The family of STS-107 Astronaut David M. Brown has asked 
NASA to issue the following statement:

"Thousands of people, including Shuttle debris searchers, 
NASA personnel, the public, and the accident investigation 
board helped to determine what happened to the Space Shuttle 
Columbia and her crew. Together they produced this well-
documented report. We are indebted to all of them. We all 
benefit from this hindsight.

"NASA contingency planners conceived of an outline for an 
investigation board and its general membership, and thus set 
fact-finding off to a fast start. The space planners also 
foresaw a need for assigning NASA astronauts to assist each 
family. We are very grateful for their help.

"The crew accepted the risk of space flight, because they 
believed in their scientific mission. Their scientific work 
was not in vain. One report estimates the known completion of 
the Columbia crew's scientific investigations to be 60 to 70 
percent.

"The little boy who chased butterflies grew up to be a space 
explorer. We miss him terribly. "Hundreds and hundreds of 
letters of sympathy and support have helped in this time of 
grief. We thank the writers wholeheartedly.

"Now it is time to study and implement the report, and to 
resume exploration. As David said of a possible catastrophe, 
'The program will go on. It must go on.'"

Paul & Dorothy Brown, parents
Douglas R. Brown, brother



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