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Shuttle damage could delay launch programme

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IT’S a recurring nightmare for NASA. But while damage to the shuttle Endeavour during launch should not endanger the lives of the astronauts, the problem could delay future shuttle launches. A chunk of insulating foam broke off Endeavour’s external fuel tank 58 seconds after its launch on 8 August, smacking into the shuttle’s underside and gouging out a 9-centimetre tear. On Sunday,