Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX)

Columbia Investigation Panel's Report Contains 'Echoes of Challenger' Tragedy.

Byline: Todd Ackerman

Aug. 27--The causes of the Columbia tragedy were foreshadowed 17 years ago in a report by the presidential panel that investigated the Challenger explosion.

People on the commission who investigated the explosion and those familiar with its report said Tuesday they were struck by similarities in the Columbia report, which included a chapter drawing parallels between the two. It even quoted former NASA astronaut Sally Ride saying there were "echoes of Challenger in Columbia."

"Why would I read it?" asked Don Kutyna, a retired Air Force general and member of the panel that investigated the Challenger disaster. "It's just a Xerox copy of our report. …

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