Archive for July 3rd, 2006

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Discovery still safe?

Following the inspection of Discovery’s external tank which led to the finding of a crack in the foam covering Nasa made the following comments:

“At a Mission Management Team meeting this morning, a decision was made to continue analyzing available data before making a final decision regarding tomorrow’s launch attempt. The question is whether there needs to be a hands-on inspection of the area around the foam crack before launch.”

It is believed that the fueling and emptying of the external tank along with the rain over the weekend led to ice build up which has then caused a crack to appear in the foam. It is now understood that a small piece of foam has been shed from the area around the crack.

Nasa have since said that even if that piece of foam had come loose during launch that it would have been too small to have caused any problems.

Didn’t they say that last time?

Matt

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Crack in shuttle tank foam

Engineers conducting a routine check of the shuttle Discovery after Sunday’s launch postponement have found a crack in the foam insulation lining the orbiter’s external tank.

The 12cm-long, 3mm-deep breakage was spotted near a bracket close to the top of the fuel tank, Nasa confirmed.

Its not yet known what this could mean to the launch but probably puts mission STS-121 very much in jeopardy.

“We don’t know if it’s a problem or not (for the launch),” said US space agency spokesman George Diller.

“If we decide we have to do something about it, we probably cannot launch tomorrow,” Diller was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Matt

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