A tank from Shuttle Columbia (Source: NASA).

An aluminum tank from Space Shuttle Columbia has been found in Lake Nacogdoches, Texas in August 2011. The fragment emerged from the lake following an unusually severe drought. NASA has recognized the fragment as a Shuttle tank, and is now organizing its recovery. Soon the tank will be brought back to NASA Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, along with the other fragments of the spacecraft.

Space Shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry on February 1, 2003, after a 16 days mission. Analysis of the Shuttle debris will provide important clues on how to improve the design and the safety of future vehicles.


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Andrea Gini

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Andrea Gini is a content strategy consultant specialized in companies of the space sector. He is founder of Space Safety Magazine, where he held the position of Editor-in-Chief until March 2015. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked in the European Space Agency in the Independent Safety Office, which overviews the utilization of the International Space Station. He previously worked as Software Developer, IT Consultant, and trainer of Java-related technologies. Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in Communication of Science from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.

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