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Chancellor's Statement about Columbia

UC Riverside Chancellor Córdova Expresses Sympathy Over Columbia Loss

(February 1, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Feb. 1, 2003 – University of California, Riverside Chancellor and former NASA Chief Scientist, France A. Córdova, issued the following statement today following the tragic loss of space shuttle Columbia.

"I am shocked and saddened by this tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of the seven Columbia crew members and with the entire NASA family."

Chancellor Córdova served as chief scientist at NASA from 1993 to 1996, serving as the primary scientific advisor to the NASA administrator and the principal interface between NASA headquarters and the broader scientific community. She is a recipient of NASA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal.

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