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May 31, 2012 10:49 AM by AP

Trailer found, NASA telescope delivered in Texas

HUTCHINS, Texas (AP) - A trailer that went missing while hauling a NASA-funded telescope from Minnesota has reached its destination in East Texas.

A spokeswoman for Minneapolis-based Copeland Trucking says the trailer and undamaged telescope arrived Thursday at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility near Palestine. That's about 80 miles southeast of Dallas.

The Copeland official, who declined to provide her full name to The Associated Press, says the driver was fired Wednesday after the truck and the trailer were recovered in the Dallas area. Other workers delivered the cargo.

Police in Hutchins say the cab and the driver were located Wednesday morning at a truck stop. The trailer with the telescope was found Wednesday night in South Dallas.

Dallas police have launched an auto theft investigation. No one has been charged.

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