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Fixing Launch Pad 39A Will Cost $2.7M, NASA Says

June 27, 2008

By Robert Block, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Jun. 27–NASA officials on Thursday said it should cost about $2.7 million to fix a flame trench at Launch Pad 39A that was damaged May 31, when space-shuttle Discovery blasted into orbit. The launch ripped about 3,500 bricks from the east wall of the pad’s north flame trench. Afterward, investigators discovered that corrosion to the structure, combined with the stress of launch, was the culprit. Repairs to the wall are expected to begin today and should finish by the third week in August, well before the next shuttle launch planned for Oct. 8.

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