August 2, 2011
Texas Lake Reveals Possible Debris From Shuttle Columbia
Authorities in an east Texas town have found what is likely debris from the space shuttle Columbia that disintegrated on its way from orbit in 2003, TV station KTRE is reporting.
A large, metal, object appeared in the mud of Lake Nacogdoches, which is suffering from an ongoing drought as many lakes in the region are. The object is in an isolated area that is not easily accessible.
"The lower water level has exposed a larger than normal area on the northern side of the lake", said NPD Sgt. Greg Sowell. " A large round object became visible, and it is very possible that it is part of Columbia".
NASA was notified last Friday of the find and they have requested photos of the object. The round object is approximately four feet in diameter and is full of mud.
"We want to remind everyone that the rules are the same as they were back in 2003. If this object is indeed a part of the shuttle, it is government property, and it is a criminal offense to tamper with it." Sowell said.
Nacogdoches authorities are awaiting instructions from NASA on recovery of the item.
Photo courtesy of Nacogdoches Police
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