Monday, July 03, 2006

After two scrubs, Shuttle foam crack puts launch in doubt

Breaking News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Inspectors found a 5-inch-long crack in the foam insulation covering the shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank, and NASA managers were deciding Monday whether to call off the scheduled Fourth of July launch. The crack was spotted during an overnight inspection. NASA had scrubbed launch plans Saturday and Sunday because of poor weather and had removed fuel from the tank. The inspectors found the crack, which was 8 inches deep, in the foam on a bracket near the top of the external fuel tank

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