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Five pices of debris fell from shuttle today.

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posted on Jul, 4 2006 @ 04:21 PM
NASA are reporting that five pices of debris fell from the space shuttle after the launch today.

Up to five pieces of debris that could be foam insulation fell off the space shuttle Discovery's troublesome external fuel tank shortly after lift-off, according to NASA.

The shuttle blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 19.38 BST.

About three minutes later, three or four pieces of debris were seen flying off the fuel tank, and another popping off a bit later, said shuttle programme manager Wayne Hale.

Discovery was so high by then that there wasn't enough air to accelerate the pieces into the shuttle and cause damage, he said..

"That is the very raw, preliminary data. It will be a while before we get a complete picture of what happened during the ascent. But we're looking for these small events that were going on," he said.

Is this what they call a close shave? Let's hope the damage is minimal and repairable.


posted on Jul, 4 2006 @ 04:46 PM
They launched it? Damn. I was hoping to see the TO.

Oh, and yeah, the fact that foam fell off is farther evidence that NASA is in too much haste to get this Shuttles up. They risk the lives of astronauts for what? Why not take another week and make sure everything works properly, and then launch the thing, instead of going against their chief mechanics advice.


posted on Jul, 4 2006 @ 05:09 PM

Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
Oh, and yeah, the fact that foam fell off is farther evidence that NASA is in too much haste to get this Shuttles up.

But foam always falls off. Hardly evidence of anything. We don't know how big the peices were or if they even hit the Shuttle.

posted on Jul, 4 2006 @ 07:20 PM
Or better yet lets bind ourselves with red tape and achieve nothing.

I think Nasa made a calculated decision and decided to launch.

There is much risk associated with space travel given its infancy. Most the time they get it right, the few times it goes wrong - well we know what happens.

Safety is never guaranteed -- esp. when strapped to vehicle defying every force of nature.

The exploration spirit is alive - lets not go backwards.

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