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Crack found in foam on shuttle day before planned liftoff; l

by Mark5019 / July 2, 2006 11:55 PM PDT

CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) ? Inspectors found a 5-inch-long crack in the foam insulation covering the shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank, and NASA managers were deciding Monday whether to call off the scheduled Fourth of July launch.
The crack was spotted during an overnight inspection. NASA had scrubbed launch plans Saturday and Sunday because of poor weather and had removed fuel from the tank.

The inspectors found the crack, which was 8 inches deep, in the foam on a bracket near the top of the external fuel tank.

"We don't know if it's a problem or not," NASA spokesman George Diller said Monday.

Officials were meeting to determine whether it could be fixed for a Tuesday liftoff.

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(NT) (NT) They're still go for today! I'm praying.
by Evie / July 3, 2006 11:05 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) NTW crank is a much worse danger
by WOODS-HICK / July 3, 2006 11:54 PM PDT
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sheesh.....and some people get busted for

hash in the glove compartment Happy


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IF caused by expansion and contraction of tank
by JP Bill / July 3, 2006 11:59 PM PDT

What will the severe vibration of lift off do to foam?

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nasa said yesterday
by WOODS-HICK / July 4, 2006 12:36 AM PDT

that the pieces would be small and within margin of safety. the astronauts are true heroes, it is never routine.

and once they get to the station, canada will help us out


and to jp, a doe update. she gave birth to twins and they are now traveling with the mother. I semi raised the mother, by leaving xtra corn. she will walk within and stay 10ft away. I try not to let her trust her human neighbors, they are also on the menace list in these burbs

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