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Handle Space Shuttle Debris with Caution

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2003

Debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia may be dangerously contaminated with toxic substances and cause serious injury if handled. Individuals who think they may have come in contact with Shuttle debris should take a shower with soap and water and then seek medical attention.

Individuals are advised to avoid all additional contact with the suspected Shuttle material. Clothing that may have come in contact with the suspected debris should be removed with care to avoid skin contact with cloth that may have been contaminated. Place the clothing in a plastic bag for later analysis.

If your physician has any questions, please have him or her contact the NASA Emergency Action Center at 281/483-3388.

More information is available on the Internet at:

http://www.nasa.gov/columbia/

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