News Space Shuttled “Gouged”
posted by August 10 at 17:40 PMon
A couple of decades after the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded—that was the shuttle with the school teacher on board—NASA finally managed to successfully get a school teacher into orbit yesterday. But will they be able to get her back down?
NASA discovered a worrisome gouge on Endeavour’s belly soon after the shuttle docked with the international space station Friday, possibly caused by ice that broke off the fuel tank a minute after liftoff.
The gouge - about 3 inches square - was spotted in zoom-in photography taken by the space station crew shortly before Endeavour delivered teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan and her six crewmates to the orbiting outpost.
“What does this mean? I don’t know at this point,” said John Shannon, chairman of the mission management team.