Statement By Kennedy Space Center Director James W.
"The announcement that the Space
Shuttle program will not launch another Shuttle until we understand
this External Tank foam shedding problem is absolutely the right
thing to do. We simply will not fly again until we fix this problem
and NASA leadership determines it is safe to fly. Whenever we fly
again, whether in September or a future launch window, the KSC work
force stands ready to support that mission with whatever is needed
to ensure it's done the right way. In the near term, our team is
concentrating on the successful landing of STS-114 here at KSC Aug.
7. At the same time, we are engaged in supporting the problem
resolution activities with our unique valued expertise. In the
meantime, we stand ready to continue to support the Mission
Management Team in Houston in any way possible while Discovery is