Texas Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia (EM-3171)

Incident period: February 1, 2003
Emergency Declaration declared on February 1, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 19, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- The Columbia Shuttle Recovery Team is deeply appreciative of those who have helped discover and retrieve shuttle material. With the coming of Spring, trees, bushes, vines and grasses are beginning to grow. Eventually, this growth will cover shuttle material remaining unfound. Any piece of shuttle material could prove to be an essential piece for investigators trying to understand what happened on February 1, 2003. But there are several critical parts that will become less valuable if they are not found soon.
March 18, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Six weeks after February 1, when President Bush designated the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the lead federal agency in the Columbia Space Shuttle response and recovery operation, approximately 5,500 federal and state workers continue searching for and supporting the overall recovery effort.
March 14, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Six weeks after February 1, when President Bush designated the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the lead federal agency in the Columbia Space Shuttle response and recovery operation, approximately 5,470 federal and state workers continue searching for and supporting the overall recovery effort.
March 13, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Obligations by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the State of Texas and the State of Louisiana to reimburse local governments for eligible costs involved in responding to the Columbia shuttle material recovery operations have reached $1.15 million. Obligations in Texas have reached $818,000. Obligations in Louisiana stand at $332,000.
March 10, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Good weather produced excellent shuttle material recovery conditions as more than 2,500 interagency searchers covered more than 11,400 acres and retrieved about 974 items Monday, recovery officials reported today. To date, the ground search has combed through near 164,000 acres and has retrieved more than 28,000 shuttle items.
March 6, 2003
News Release
Lufkin, TX -- Since mid-February, when the first interagency crews began searching for shuttle materials, an average of 3,000 searchers a day have covered more than 103,000 acres and found about 22,100 pieces of material, recovery officials announced today. "These crews have endured cold, rain and dense vegetation in their work and have accomplished it with great resolve and fortitude," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells of the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA). "We are deeply grateful for their contributions."

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