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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.

Public input plays a critical role in this process and we invite your participation in this study effort. Additional information regarding the study can found by clicking on the text "Document List" along the left-hand side of this webpage. If you would like to share your thoughts with the study team, please click on the text "Open for Comment". Your observations, insights and comments are essential as we move through the process so that the study team can take into account potential opportunities and accurately reflect the concerns of the many communities and interested parties related to this possible national memorial. Once the study is completed, Congress will make the final determination of what, if any, action it will take regarding establishing a national memorial.

The National Park Service will begin holding public meetings during the spring of 2011. As meetings are scheduled, meeting information and locations will be posted under the "Meeting Notices" tab to the left of this screen. Please check this website periodically for updates on the study, public meeting announcements and to view documents that are open for public review and comment. There will be multiple opportunities throughout the process for the public to provide comments and input on this noteworthy study.

Your input is important for the success of this study. We encourage you to take part in this process and look forward to hearing from you.

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