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Space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank has taken on a bit of a starring role for the STS-133 mission because of the extra work needed to handle the unexpected challenges presented by the tank's stringers.
What do two Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters plus one External Tank equal? Together, the fuel in the boosters and tank can generate 6.5 million pounds of thrust -- enough to power Space Shuttle Discovery on its Return to Flight mission to the International Space Station in the May-June time frame.
Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986 at 11:38 AM EST and blew up 1 minute and 13 seconds later as a result of launch malfunctions. The shuttle was lost with all seven crew members. The Challenger disaster shook the confidence of the entire nation. As a personal note, this writer was in Mrs. Cook’s sixth grade class in Abilene, Texas. I was already an avid fan of the space program at that time. Most of us were. The class was watching this particular launch...