New Revelations Concerning Columbia Accident

3 February 2003

Bruce Gagnon (352) 337-9274
Karl Grossman (631) 725-2858
Loring Wirbel (719) 481-3698

Recent disclosures on National Public Radio indicate that there were radioactive sources on board the space shuttle Columbia.  Sherrif Thomas Kerss from Nacogdoches, Texas told NPR tonight, "There was radioactive material on board" and that retrieval operations would be testing debris for radioactivity.

On Monday, February 3, the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space will issue a Freedom of Information Request to NASA. We will seek full discolsure of the type, the amount, and the purpose of radioactive material on board Columbia.

The Global Network also is deeply concerned about  the independence of the commission NASA appointed to investigate this accident.  It is dominated by retired military and aerospace industry executives with vested interests in the outcome.

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