Students from Stephen F. Austin State University used mapping techniques to aid in recovery efforts after the space shuttle Columbia disaster, which occurred a decade ago. Mapping efforts began almost immediately after the crash, and students worked long hours to aid in the recovery of the debris. "It was one of those coincidences of fate where you had the shuttle break up over an area that had a university that had a concentration well established for over a decade in the geospatial technologies," said geography professor Darrel McDonald.

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