Piece of Shuttle Columbia Found in Texas Lake

Drought lowered lake level to reveal part of destroyed ship
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2011 2:07 PM CDT
Piece of NASA Space Shuttle Columbia Found in Nacogdoches, Texas Lake
An emblem of the Space Shuttle Columbia reproduced on a banner is covered with signatures of shuttle debris searchers in 2003, in Nacogdoches, Texas.   (Getty Images)

A piece of the space shuttle Columbia has been discovered in an east Texas lake, report CNN and Space.com. The shuttle broke up when re-entering the atmosphere in 2003, killing its seven-person crew. The newly-discovered part is a tank 4 feet in diameter that contributed power and water to the shuttle, says a NASA rep. The part was discovered after a drought lowered the lake’s water level, said authorities from the city of Nacogdoches, where other material from the ship has been found. (Read more Columbia Space Shuttle stories.)

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