The splash screen at NASA’s website has its official “Emergency Notice” regarding the Columbia “incident.” Along with it is this stern reminder:

NOTE TO PERSONS IN THE AREA: All debris is United States Government property and is critical to the investigation of the shuttle accident. Any and all debris from the accident is to be left alone and reported to Government authorities. Unauthorized persons found in possession of accident debris will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Like cancer, severe caustic burns and the knowledge that you made away with a macabre souvenir aren’t their own rewards?

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