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Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Special Resource Study

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Thank you for your interest in the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Special Resource Study.

Public Law 110-229, section 324 authorizes the Secretary of Interior through the National Park Service to conduct a special resource study to assess the suitability and feasibility of establishing a national memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia as a unit of the National Park System. The legislation specifically identified four study sites; each located in Hemphill, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and San Augustine, Texas. In addition, the legislation includes a provision that the Secretary may recommend additional sites in Texas relating to the Space Shuttle Columbia for establishment as memorials.

Once the study is completed, Congress will make the final determination of what, if any, action it will take regarding establishing a national memorial.

(Space Shuttle Columbia's orbiter tribute designed by Amy Lombardo. Courtesy of NASA)