Opinion: NASA Crew Plan Fails To Put Safety First

By Eddie Bernice Johnson
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

As we reflect this week on the tragic loss of the Columbia and its crew, this counsel from the CAIB is worth remembering: “We sought to discover the conditions that produced this tragic outcome and to share those lessons in such a way that this nation's space program will emerge stronger and more sure-footed. If those lessons are truly learned, then Columbia's crew will have made an indelible contribution to the endeavor each one valued so greatly.”

Let us resolve to honor the memory of the crew of Columbia by heeding that counsel.

Johnson, a Texas Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, is the ranking minority-party member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

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