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2006-07-03 13:35:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A pencil-sized crack in the foam insulation on space shuttle Discovery's fuel tank had NASA managers scrambling on Monday to determine whether they could safely launch the shuttle on Tuesday. After meetings following the discovery of the 5 inch by 1/2 inch crack, NASA continued preparing the shuttle for a Tuesday launch but delayed a decision on whether to call it off until engineers can determine the impact of the crack, which is minute...

2006-07-03 11:38:52

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - A pencil-sized crack in the foam insulation on space shuttle Discovery's external tank sent NASA experts into meetings on Monday to determine whether to go ahead with Tuesday's scheduled launch. At about 5 inches by about 1/2 inch, the crack is small compared with the briefcase-sized chunk of foam that doomed shuttle Columbia in 2003, but it is located in an area of the tank that could shed debris onto the shuttle at launch. NASA...

2006-07-03 10:47:51

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA inspectors found a crack in the foam insulation of space shuttle Discovery's fuel tank and managers met on Monday to decide how the crack might affect Tuesday's launch. "It's in the insulation near a bracket on the external fuel tank," a NASA spokeswoman said. Scheduled launches on Saturday and Sunday were scrubbed because of bad weather and the discovery of the crack could delay the launch again because of fears that falling...

2006-07-03 09:35:12

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA inspectors found a crack in the foam insulation of space shuttle Discovery's fuel tank and managers were meeting on Monday to decide how the crack might affect Tuesday's launch. "It's in the insulation near a bracket on the external fuel tank," a NASA spokeswoman said. The crack was found during a routine inspection overnight. NASA was scheduled to launch Discovery on a make-or-break mission to the International Space Station. It would be just...

2006-06-30 17:30:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - While foam falling from the space shuttle's fuel tank has garnered the lion's share of NASA's attention, the space agency's chief said on Friday it was far from being the only risk facing Discovery, which is set for liftoff from Florida on Saturday. "I worry that we spend so much time worrying about foam that we won't worry about other things that could get us. We try to address them all," NASA administrator Michael Griffin said at a...

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2006-06-29 17:45:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA said on Thursday it is ready to lift its ban on space shuttle flights, convinced that only another launch will vanquish lingering safety concerns with the ship's fuel tank that were exposed by the 2003 Columbia disaster. "It's been a long year with a lot of hard work," shuttle deputy program manager John Shannon said at a news briefing. Mission managers cleared shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven for launch from the Kennedy Space...

2006-06-28 08:20:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Perched on the end of a 100-foot (30-meter) pole, shrouded in darkness and floating in space, British astronaut Piers Sellers may be forgiven a moment of trepidation. Not that the 51-year-old scientist is expecting one. As the lead spacewalker on Discovery's upcoming mission to the International Space Station, Sellers, and Michael Fossum, 48, have trained for a most unusual task: testing a spindly pole laden with sensors. The pole is normally used for...

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2006-06-24 13:28:39

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A grounded space shuttle. Countless months trying to fix foam insulation problems on the fuel tank. A faulty fuel tank sensor that delayed a launch in May. If this list looks familiar, it should. With a possible liftoff of Discovery just seven days away, NASA is dealing with many of the same problems it faced almost a year ago in what could be called the space agency's version of the movie "Groundhog Day." The shuttle program manager, Wayne Hale, acknowledges that....

2006-06-21 18:30:34

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's top safety officer on Wednesday said he won't appeal a decision to clear shuttle Discovery for liftoff next week, even though he has nagging concerns about the spaceship's safety. On Saturday, following a two-day flight review, NASA safety chief Bryan O'Connor and chief engineer Chris Scolese declined to endorse the U.S. space agency's certification that Discovery was ready for launch. At issue is whether additional...

2006-06-18 01:52:55

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA managers cleared the shuttle Discovery for launch on July 1, over the objections of the agency's top safety officer and its lead engineer, officials said on Saturday. "There were very different viewpoints on the issue of whether we were ready to fly or not," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told a news conference. "I can't possibly accept every recommendation given to me by every member of my staff, especially when they all...


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