Press Release

  This press release is issued by NASDA.


Space Shuttle Columbia Accident

February 2, 2003 (JST)

National Space Development Agency of Japan President: Shuichiro Yamanouchi

As I heard a report that the Space Shuttle Columbia of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had an accident just before its landing, I feel deep sorrow for the tragedy, and would like to send my sincere condolences to the seven astronauts, their families, and the United States of America. Columbia was scheduled to land at 11:16 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2003 (Japan Standard Time).

NASDA is trying to understand the situation of this tragic accident, and has established a task force to assess the accident led by the NASDA Vice President to continue our effort to study the situation.

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