Space Shuttle Columbia

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Technicians at Space Imaging Incorporated directed a satellite
to take pictures of the debris for NASA within an hour after the
shuttle disintegrated Saturday morning.

Space Imaging's 16-hundred-pound Ikonos satellite captured the images over Texas, then traveled under the
South Pole.

Ikonos moved up the dark side of the Earth and then
transferred the data to a facility in Kiruna, Sweden.

A high-speed electronic link transmitted the images to Thornton.

Workers translated the images from binary code to usable,
map-accurate pictures. Space Imaging then shipped the pictures to
NASA electronically.

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