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The external tank document is one of many presentations made during the readiness review at the Kennedy Space Center on June 16 and 17. At the meeting, NASA engineers and managers talked over safety issues and then decided to fly in July rather than waiting to redesign the ice-frost ramps.
NASA's top safety official and chief engineer recommended delaying the flight until the ramps were redesigned. They were overruled by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin and others.
NASA on Thursday declined separate requests from FLORIDA TODAY and The Associated Press to release the flight readiness review documents under the Freedom of Information Act. FLORIDA TODAY obtained the external tank document from a separate source.
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The Real reason y they want the shuttle up is beacuse of a asteriod the size of half a mile will be passing earth about the distance of our moon on July 4th, they want the best seat in the house.
The launch attempt came after meetings Monday where NASA managers pondered whether a 5-inch long crack in the external fuel tank's foam, which caused a 3-inch piece of foam to pop out on the launch pad, posed a threat to the shuttle during liftoff.
The external tank expanded when the super-cold fuel was drained after Sunday's launch was canceled because of the weather. The ice that formed "pinched" some of that foam, causing the quarter-inch-wide crack and the piece of foam to drop off, officials said.
But the two agency officials said the foam loss will not threaten the crew because NASA has a plan for the astronauts to move into the international space station if in-orbit inspections find serious damage to the spacecraft. The crew would await rescue 81 days later by a second space shuttle.