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NEW SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA IMAGES RELEASED



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)                        June 24, 2003

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

RELEASE: 03-212

NEW SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA IMAGES RELEASED

     NASA today released recovered photographs and video 
taken by the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia during its 
scientific research mission in January. The imagery was found 
during search efforts since the loss of Columbia Feb. 1.

The Columbia Accident Investigation Board recently determined 
the material was not relevant to their investigation. The 
imagery documents the STS-107 mission from the crew's 
perspective. The imagery includes almost 10 hours of 
recovered video and 92 photographs. It includes in-cabin, 
Earth observation and experiment-related imagery. The Shuttle 
carried 337 videotapes, but only 28 were found with some 
recoverable footage. The mission carried 137 rolls of film, 
but only 21 were found containing recoverable photographs.

The imagery is among the more than 84,000 pieces of debris 
recovered. The debris weighs 84,900 pounds, about 38 percent 
of the dry weight of Columbia. More than 30,000 people 
assisted in the search conducted through the combined efforts 
of NASA, FEMA, EPA, the U.S. and Texas Forest Services. The 
Columbia Recovery Office at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) 
was established to continue accepting calls about debris, 
since the formal search was completed in April. The toll free 
number to report debris is: 1/866/446-6603.

Selected scenes and photographs will be broadcast on NASA 
Television today at 12:15 p.m. EDT. News media may obtain the 
video and photos in their entirety by calling the JSC Media 
Resource Center at: 281/483-4231. NASA Television is 
broadcast on AMC-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 
degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. 
Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz. 
Information about NASA and the Columbia accident 
investigation is on the Internet at:

http://www.nasa.gov



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