Columbia Texas Debris Was Found

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011. | Science News

Texas: More Debris From the Columbia Is Found. A piece of the space shuttle Columbia, which broke apart and burned up on re-entry more than eight years ago, has been found in a drought-stricken East Texas lake, NASA officials said Tuesday. The spherical object, about 40 inches in diameter, was exposed by low levels at Lake Nacogdoches, about 140 miles northeast of Houston. Lisa Malone, a NASA spokeswoman, said the object was one of 16 tanks aboard the Columbia. Officials said they were working on a plan to recover the tank and return it to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where other debris from the Columbia wreckage is stored. “We are working out the details with local authorities,” Ms. Malone said. “It’s not toxic or hazardous in any way. We’re not in a big rush to get it back over.”

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