Baylor Physicist Available For Interviews About Columbia Disaster Anniversary

Jan. 29, 2004

by Judy Long

The Columbia space shuttle disaster on Feb.1, 2003, compelled NASA to re-evaluate the space program in a manner they should have done anyway, according to Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor University's vice provost for research and director of the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER).

Hyde can be reached for interviews from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, at (254)710-3763 or by e-mail at Truell_Hyde@baylor.edu.

Hyde says the space program is on solid footing with support by the current administration.

"Besides, we can't stop developing space technology now that China has a man in space and India is talking about sending a man to the moon," he said. "It wouldn't be wise if we want to maintain our technological lead."

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