JetService, I read that after the shuttle uses its thrusters to position itself for reentry, all remaining fuel is burned off as a safety precaution.
Greg, true, although we don't really want people pocketing this debris as it may be important in finding out what went wrong. I'm more worried about important pieces landing in isolated rivers, and lakes. How much effort would be needed to search every body of water along the debris field?
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