STS-134- Strong Storm Causes Minor Damage to Foam on Space Shuttle Endeavour External Fuel Tank Print
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Saturday, 02 April 2011 17:29
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Teams began a thorough survey on April 1 of space shuttle Endeavour and Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., following a strong storm on March 30 that caused some minor damage to foam insulation Endeavour’s external fuel tank.

Day-long severe weather on March 31 prevented teams from starting the survey until April 1. No one was injured in the March 31 storm and initial assessments indicate it only caused the minor foam damage. No other obvious damage has been seen, but the team’s survey will confirm there are no other issues.

The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron reports that during the March 31 storm the launch pad briefly saw sustained 57 mph wind with a peak gust of 90 mph. Small hail also was spotted near the pad, and there was a lightning strike about a half mile from the pad’s center.

Endeavour is being prepared for its final scheduled mission, STS-134, which is targeted to launch to the International Space Station on April 19.

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 17:27