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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Discovery Launch

Discovery's up, but some foam was lost. According to SciGuy's blog, more info on that might be released soon. Space.com has this:
A video camera mounted to Discovery’s external tank caught at least three, possibly four, pieces of shuttle fuel tank foam falling away from its perch two minutes and 47 seconds into the launch, NASA space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said.

“It could be an ice frost ramp, it could be something else,” Hale said during a post-launch press briefing here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), adding another piece of foam was also seen almost five minutes into launch. “Both of those are interesting because they are after the time we are concerned about aerodynamic transport doing damage to shuttle tile.”

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