Originally Posted by Astronut
On January 28th, 1986 it was located about 16-17 miles west of the launch pad. Now I live a couple hours away.
Parts of challenger are still out there on the ocean floor today (though my family member picked up the piece he found years ago).
CNN - Shuttle Challenger debris washes up on shore - Dec. 17, 1996
The wreckage was never fully recovered, that would be impossible, it's just too scattered.
So, your family member who picked up a piece of the Space Shuttle debris is one of the persons in the article you posted?
If not, how did he find the piece that he picked up years ago?
Obviously, it would be impossible to fully recover every piece of the Shuttle that exploded.