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February 19, 2003

Glenn Mahone/Doc Mirelson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

Eileen M. Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)


NASA Asks for Help in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico & Utah

NASA is asking citizens and officials in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah for help to find material from the Space Shuttle Columbia. The material would have fallen from the Shuttle as it was reentering Earth¹s atmosphere along a line stretching generally from San Francisco to Lafayette, La. Everyone is asked to be on the lookout for possible Shuttle material 60 miles north or south of the reentry track, particularly in the following counties:

Arizona: Apache, Navajo, Coconino, Mohave;

Nevada: Lincoln;

New Mexico: San Juan

Utah: Washington, Iron, San Juan, Garfield, Kane, and Beaver.

Anyone who finds material, suspected to be from the Shuttle, is urged to avoid contact, because it may be hazardous due to fuel residue. Report such material by calling, toll-free:


Citizens are reminded Shuttle material may not look like typical aircraft components. Pictures of examples of Shuttle debris may be viewed All debris is U.S. Government property and is critical to the investigation of the mishap. Debris from the accident should be left in place and reported to Government authorities. Unauthorized persons found in possession of accident debris will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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