Uses of GIS/GPS in the Space Shuttle Columbia Debris Recovery

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On February 1st 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia was destroyed upon re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere. GPS and GIS technologies are helping in the recovery efforts to find space shuttle debris.

Articles on the Application of GPS/GIS in recovering Space Shuttle Columbia debris:

GIS Students Help Map Debris Area
February 2, 2003 press release by the Steven F. Austin (SFA) State University of an article written by By Kathryn Morton of SFA’s paper, The Pine Log.

Geospatial Technology and Columbia
Article by Adena Schutzberg of GIS Monitor from the February 6, 2003 newsletter. This article looks at how geospatial technology is being used in the debris recovery efforts.

GPS/GIS mapping helps narrow search for shuttle debris
February 5, 2003 article by Bob Brewin of Computerworld on how GPS and GIS technology is helping the efforts to map the Columbia Shuttle debris path.

Profiler Data Supports NASA in Shuttle Columbia Investigation
Article from the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on how NOAA’s Profiler Network radars were able to collect the vertical and horizontal positions of debris falling from Columbia.

STS Debris Path Maps

Debris path maps for eastern Texas created by the researchers and undergraduates at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. February, 2003.

STS-107 Debris Field – Space Shuttle Columbia

Radar image of the debris field. Rader image from the Shreveport, Louisiana National Weather Service (KSHV 16:15 UTC 02/01/2003).


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