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Suspected space shuttle Columbia debris found in Lake Nacogdoches

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NACOGDOCHES (KYTX) -- Nacogdoches authorities have spotted what's thought to be debris from the 2003 breakup of the space shuttle Columbia in the northern end of Lake Nacogdoches.

"The lower water level has exposed a larger than normal area on the northern side of the lake," said NPD Sgt. Greg Sowell. " A large round object became visible, and it is very possible that it is part of Columbia."

Authorities notified NASA last Friday of the find,and the space agency requested photos of the object. According to Sowell, the photos were sent to NASA Monday morning.

The object is approximately four feet in diameter, is full of mud, and in an isolated area not easily accessible.

"We want to remind everyone that the rules are the same as they were back in 2003. If this object is indeed a part of the shuttle, it is government property, and it is a criminal offense to tamper with it." Sowell said. 

Local authorities are awaiting instructions from NASA on recovery of the item.

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