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  Shuttle debris on internet auction sites
Updated 03 February 2003, 09.51


Just hours after the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on Saturday some people were offering parts of it for sale on internet auction sites.

Nasa condemned the people trying to make money from the tragedy, and told sellers that they could face serious criminal charges.

Anything that was on the shuttle belongs to the US government, and by taking anything away from where they found it people are getting in the way of a police investigation.

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Potential purchasers were also warned not to buy, with the added warning that the debris could be very harmful to anyone who gets near it.

One auction site with debris for sale on it also published a statement, saying they were "deeply saddened by the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia" and that the "sale or listing of such debris is strictly prohibited".

When CBBC Newsround's website checked the site out on Monday morning we found that loads of things were still up for sale, although none of them were debris.

More than 1,500 items linked to Columbia were available, some of these may be fakes.

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