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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS008 (2003)

ARLS008 New Mexico Hams Help with Columbia Debris Search

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Space Bulletin 008  ARLS008
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington, CT  February 26, 2003
To all radio amateurs

ARLS008 New Mexico Hams Help with Columbia Debris Search

Amateur Radio continued its involvement with efforts to locate space
shuttle Columbia debris, as NASA's search shifted focus last week to
include points west of Texas. According to NASA, the search for
parts is running along the shuttle's re-entry path, basically 60
miles north or south of a line from San Francisco, California, to
Lafayette, Louisiana.

New Mexico amateurs helped with efforts in the Albuquerque area last
weekend. Members of the New Mexico Search and Rescue Support Team
were involved with follow-up efforts in Embudito Canyon, in the
Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque.

Authorities asked the NM SAR Support Team to provide communication
and incident base support February 15 for a massive search involving
more than 150 searchers. Although several small objects were found
in the rugged terrain, none were attributed to the Columbia.

NASA has asked for help in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah in
locating any material that may have fallen from Columbia as it was
re-entering Earth's atmosphere. "Everyone is asked to be on the
lookout for possible shuttle material 60 miles north or south of the
re-entry track," NASA said.