03 Aug '11, 3pm

Piece of Space Shuttle Columbia Surfaces in Drought-Dried Texas Lake #space #environment

Piece of Space Shuttle Columbia Surfaces in Drought-Dried Texas Lake #space #environment

Photo by Jacques Stephanne via Flickr CC It can be amazing what we discover as weather and climate cause landscapes to shift shape. Texas has been the latest victim of serious droughts, and as lakes dry, what's been hiding in them for years surfaces -- most recently a piece of the doomed space shuttle Columbia. CNN reports that in East Texas, Lake Nacogdoches has revealed a 4-foot tank from the Columbia that was used to provide power and water for shuttle missions. NASA spokesperson Lisa Malone told CNN that NASA is trying to develop a plan to recover the item, though that may take weeks -- meanwhile the object sits on the shoreline of a private stretch of the lake. "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," Sow...

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