News & Information

Rss Feed

Letter by DCI Tenet to NASA Administrator

Press Release

Press Release: Letter by Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet to Mr. Sean O’Keefe, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

February 5, 2003

Mr. Sean O’Keefe
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, DC 20546


Dear Sean:

I write on behalf of the men and women of the United States Intelligence Community to express our deep condolences at the tragic loss of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. We add our voices to the countless millions throughout the world touched by the sacrifice of these seven bold astronauts.

Of many backgrounds, they shared a commitment to the most noble of causes. From space, with the power of peaceful science, they sought to enrich and improve life here on Earth. With their skill, they worked to expand-for the benefit of all humanity-understanding of our planet and its place in the universe.

They knew the risk, yet went forward to meet it. The greatest feats of history-feats of progress and discovery-come on the shoulders of the daring, with the spirit of the brave.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire NASA family, both during this time of great sadness and as you once again take up your inspiring mission of exploration and knowledge.

George J. Tenet


Letter in PDF format [PDF 128KB*]


* Adobe® Reader® is needed to view Adobe PDF files. If you don't already have Adobe Reader installed, you may download the current version at (opens in a new window). [external link disclaimer]


Historical Document
Posted: Apr 12, 2007 07:58 AM
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2008 03:26 PM