Press Release

Handle Space Shuttle Debris with Caution

By SpaceRef Editor
February 2, 2003
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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/

SpaceRef staff editor.