As Discovery roars back to space, its flight-test lessons warn that the program still needs critical work back here
NASA/Lockheed Martin space shuttle external tank materials and manufacturing process teams are being remobilized to again attack falling debris problems that will delay further launches. This time they will have much more precise hypersonic test data to work with, unfortunately obtained during a potentially dangerous moment for Discovery and the STS-114 crew during launch on what was supposed to be the shuttle's sustained return-to-flight mission. "We do not understand the problem ...
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