NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) is set to reopen Sept. 22 after a 10-day shutdown in the wake of Hurricane Ike, with managers predicting there will be no effect on the planned Oct. 10 launch of the next space shuttle mission because of the storm. However, a contamination issue with one of the payloads for that mission may force a one-day delay. A carrier holding new batteries for the Hubble Space Telescope was fouled with loose insulation blown into it by a purge system and must be ...

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