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2/1/04-East Texas

Shuttle Columbia Remembered On Crash Anniversary

Tuesday marks the second anniversary of the breakup of the Space Shuttle Columbia over East Texas.

In Hemphill, there was a memorial service to remember the 7 astronauts who died on that Saturday morning in 2003. A granite marker has been placed on the site where a 500-pound chunk of the shuttle's nose cone was found. A memorial service was also held at city hall in Lufkin. That event honored the astronauts and their families with prayer, patriotic songs, and a moment of silence.

Also today, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced legislation in the US senate called "Columbia Space Shuttle Memorials Act of 2005". It would authorize federal funding for the construction of four permanent memorials along the shuttle's recovery corridor. They would be located in Hemphill, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and San Augustine. If passed it would also allow for the proposal of future Texas sites for memorials. 

Shuttle flights have been on hold since the accident, however the next launch could happen mid- May.

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