Remains of Astronauts To Be Taken To Delaware
by Times Of India


DOVER, Delaware: Remains from the crew of space shuttle Columbia will be brought to a military mortuary in Delaware for examination and identification, officials said on Tuesday. A C-141 cargo plane from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, where some of the remains have been collected, was expected to arrive on Wednesday afternoon at Dover Air Force Base.

The seven astronauts died on Saturday when Columbia broke apart over Texas.

NASA has confirmed that some remains have been recovered from amid the shuttle debris, much of which appears to be concentrated from central Texas into central Louisiana. Base spokeswoman Lt. Olivia Nelson said she didn't know how many different sets of remains had been found.

The Dover base also handled the remains of the seven astronauts killed in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.