Eight years after the fiery horror of the Columbia disaster, a lost piece of the atmospheric sorrow has been discovered beneath a drought-shriveled Texan lake, CNN reports. The dilapidated, muddy orb remains a painful symbol of the cracked vessel.
With the launch of STS-135 today, the US Space Shuttle program will end with a whimper. To celebrate the shuttles' service to both our nation and the sciences, the NASA Space Shuttle Manual by David Baker discusses the launch of the very first, Columbia.
It's taken four and a half years, but the data recovery specialists charged with extracting data from a cracked, charred 400MB Seagate drive aboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia have done their duty, retrieving 99% of the information written to the disk. The Columbia burned up on re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003, over…