Debris From Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Found in Texas

Part of NASA's Columbia space shuttle debris have been found in Texas, eight years after the 2003 disaster that destroyed the space shuttle and crew of seven astronauts killed during re-entry, NASA officials confirmed today (August 2).

Debris was found last week in the eastern sector as the reactant round aluminum storage and distribution of the refrigerant from Colombia, which disintegrated over Texas, returning to the Earth's atmosphere, near the end of the mission 16 on science.

The tank was discovered in an open part of the Lake Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, about 160 kilometres north-east of Houston. [Image: NASA space shuttle Columbia disaster reminiscent]

"The only reason that is mainly because there is a drought occurs and the idea was under the sea," Lisa Malone, spokeswoman for NASA at the Agency, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, told "The tank itself is full of mud".

Nacogdoches police informed NASA quest and sent photographs for identification. NASA engineers work on transfer reactant FilesMozilla power storage and distribution systems have been able to confirm the piece belonged to Colombia. [NASA shuttle Program in images: a tribute to]

"One of the guys have been here more than 30 years and knew him, and said, ' that's one of the tanks ' Malone said.

The piece was one of 16 tanks on the space shuttle stored supercold liquid hydrogen and oxygen. The spherical tank, approximately 40 inches (1 meter) in diameter, and eventually shipped to the Kennedy Space Center where NASA saves all the collected debris from Columbia in a climate controlled by giant vehicle Assembly building.

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