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Final Report of the Return to Flight Task Group 4 TRANSITION TO THE ASAP The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel ASAP is a senior advisory committee that reports to the NASA Administrator and Congress The Panel was established by Congress after the Apollo 204 Command Module Apollo 1 spacecraft fire in January 1967 to advise NASA on the safety of operations facilities and personnel The statutory duties of the ASAP as prescribed in Section 6 of the NASA Authorization Act of 1968 Public Law 90 67 as amended 42 U S C 2477 are The Panel shall review safety studies and operations plans that are referred to it and shall make reports thereon shall advise the Administrator with respect to the hazards of proposed operations and with respect to the adequacy of proposed or existing safety standards and shall perform such other duties as the Administrator may request The ASAP consists of nine members appointed to two year terms reaffirmed annually by the NASA Administrator The NASA Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer participates as an ex officio member in Panel activities The ASAP meets as a group four times per year and conducts independent fact finding as needed Given that the ASAP meets only quarterly and has no full time investigative staff the RTF TG recognizes that this volume of forward work may be beyond the resources of the ASAP It is possible that ASAP may be assisted by other independent entities to assess the Agency s performance of the tasks described in the subsequent sections For example the ASAP could make arrangements with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center NESC the Independent Technical Authority ITA the National Research Council the National Academies or other independent organizations to assist in its evaluations 4 1 Conditions for Transition It became clear early on that the ASAP would ultimately become involved with monitoring the NASA implementation of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board CAIB recommendations The RTF TG was responsible for

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