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August 03, 2011

Texas Drought Reveals Shuttle Columbia Wreckage

Sad reminder (photo at the link).

Wreckage from shuttle Columbia was uncovered in East Texas this week, the result of a prolonged drought lowering water levels in a lake.

The spherical tank, which is about four feet in diameter, is stuck in the mud alongside Lake Nacogdoches.

More than 40 tons of wreckage rained down on a long swath of East Texas and Louisiana as Columbia disintegrated during its atmospheric re-entry in February 2003, killing all seven astronauts.

The lake is down about 4 feet at the surface level, but of course that exposes a lot of area. Enough to find a large piece of debris that's been hidden for years.

tip: kevlarchick


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posted by Dave In Texas at 10:15 AM

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