NASA Won't Challenge Recommendations by Crash Investigation Board

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That's what deputy administrator Fred Gregory said Tuesday. He and two other NASA officials were unwilling to talk publicly about what is likely to be the board's most far-reaching recommendation: changing NASA's culture.

Gregory and the two other officials spoke at a news conference today while visiting the Kennedy Space Center for discussions on how NASA is preparing to return the space shuttle fleet to service.

The window for launching a shuttle is March 11 to April 6.

The officials met with members of a board chartered to help the agency implement the final recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

The task group is scheduled to meet tomorrow with the accident board chairman, retired Navy Admiral Harold Gehman-junior, and hold its first public meeting Thursday.