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In pictures: Rebuilding Columbia
Shuttle debris being unloaded
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Hundreds of piece of debris from the space shuttle Columbia have been gathered from the crash site and transferred to Florida
Technicians sort shuttle debris
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In a special hangar at the Kennedy Space Center technicians then sort the debris according to type
Technicians check shuttle debris
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Every piece has to be assessed and correctly identified
Shuttle debris
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A life-sized outline of the shuttle has been mapped out, covering the floor of the hangar
Technicians move shuttle debris
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Technicians then lift the pieces into position
Shuttle debris in hangar
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As each new piece of debris is put in place the giant jigsaw starts to take shape and a picture begins to emerge
A Nasa technician uses a computer to check a piece of debris
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But it is a painstaking task for the experts, who have to rely on computers to aid their analysis
Nasa technician examines debris
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It is a task which is expected to take many months





SEE ALSO:
Shuttle crew's last minutes shown
28 Feb 03  |  Americas
Crucial shuttle debris found
28 Feb 03  |  Science/Nature
E-mails warn of shuttle loss
27 Feb 03  |  Americas
Columbia 'puncture' theory examined
14 Feb 03  |  Science/Nature
Astronaut's touching mail
03 Feb 03  |  Americas
The Columbia crew
01 Feb 03  |  Americas


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