All across Texas, in the US, people are searching for pieces of the Columbia Space Shuttle. The shuttle burned up while re-entering the earth's atmosphere on Saturday and any debris will be important in finding out why. This report from David Willis.
It's been likened to a crime scene with NASA scientists playing detective, gingerly searching for debris across a vast area. They are looking for key pieces of wreckage, some said to be as small as a pebble, others virtually the length of a car -- wreckage which could help solve the mystery of what happened to the space shuttle as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.
Faced with having to search such a large area and then document each piece of wreckage and guard it from souvenir hunters, the local sheriff has appealed for more manpower particularly, officers on horseback or in off-road vehicles, so inhospitable is some of the terrain. As a further sign of the challenge confronting officials, a team of divers has now been called in to search a reservoir on the Texas-Louisiana border where a large piece of shuttle debris was seen slamming into the water.