Lufkin, TX -- On Feb. 1, when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart and fell across East Texas and western Louisiana, no one could envision the magnitude of the event and the tremendous number of people and agencies that would eventually become a part the recovery effort. This is a look at the three-month operation to help get the NASA shuttle flying again.
News: Louisiana Loss of the Space Shuttle <span class="italic">Columbia</span>
May 5, 2003
May 5, 2003
Environmental Protection Agency Sent 1,900 Responders To <span class="italic">Columbia</span> Shuttle Search; Made 48,400 Debris Collections
Lufkin, TX -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6, headquartered in Dallas played one of the major roles in the collection of Columbia Shuttle material, responding to hazardous material reports while managing the packaging and transportation of items to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
April 28, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- The Lufkin-based Disaster Field Office (DFO), headquarters for the Columbia Shuttle recovery operation, will close Saturday, May 10. The DFO opened Feb.1 as a result of President Bush's emergency declaration naming the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the lead federal agency for the recovery effort. The office, located at 415 S. First Street in Lufkin, provided a base of operations for more than 100 federal, state, and local recovery agencies.
April 24, 2003
<span class="italic">Columbia</span> Ground Crews Log 1.4 Million Search-Hours; Operation Functions Transitioning From FEMA To NASA In Late April
Lufkin, TX -- The management of search operations for East Texas and select areas of Nevada, Utah and New Mexico will be handed off to NASA by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on April 30. On that date, NASA takes over all management functions with the establishment of a Columbia Recovery Office (CRO) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Facts as of April 24 -
April 23, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- Ground and air search operations for the Columbia Shuttle Recovery in East Texas are expected to end on Wednesday, April 30. This date also signals the transition of management of all continuing recovery operations west of Texas from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to NASA.
April 17, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- In keeping with the plan to transition the full Columbia Shuttle Recovery operation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to NASA, all East Texas ground search and air search operations are projected to conclude on April 30. Specific searches in selected areas of Utah, Nevada and New Mexico will continue beyond April 30.
April 14, 2003
All Reported Shuttle Debris In Louisiana Has Been Picked Up, Residents Asked To Call 1-866-446-6603 To Report Future Finds
Lufkin, TX -- On Feb.1, when the Columbia Shuttle broke apart over Texas, scattering material over East Texas and parts of Louisiana, President Bush declared an emergency disaster for both Texas and Louisiana. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was named the lead federal agency in the search, find and recovery operation. Through Monday, April 14, all reported known shuttle debris has been removed from Louisiana.
April 10, 2003
Ground Crews Top 470,000 Acres Searched, 76 Percent Of Ground Search Completed; 4,900 Personnel Actively Looking For <span class="italic">Columbia</span> Shuttle Debris
Lufkin, TX -- Ground searches continue at full strength across a wide swath of East Texas where material from the Space Shuttle Columbia fell as it broke apart over the state on Feb. 1. "We are continually amazed as we hear daily reports of confirmed debris finds of what a fantastic part the ground, air and water teams have played in the recovery success that has been accomplished. They have been a tremendous help in this process," said NASA Oversight Manager Dave King.
April 8, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- Air operations will resume in the search for Space Shuttle Columbia debris, according to Texas Forest Service Chief of Fire Operations Mark Stanford. Seven helicopters will began searching East Texas, weather permitting, for the first time since a March 27 helicopter crash in the Angelina National Forest which killed two and injured three searchers.
April 7, 2003
Lufkin, TX -- With dive operations on Lake Nacogdoches finished and dive activities on Toledo Bend Reservoir 98 percent complete, the U.S. Navy directed water operations to recover Columbia Shuttle material could conclude as early as this week.