HOUSTON - A tear that appeared in one of the International Space Station's (ISS) solar arrays just moments before it was fully redeployed Oct. 30 makes planning the remainder of the STS-120/10A ISS assembly mission even more difficult than it was when all the engineers had to do was figure out what was fouling one of the two big joints that rotate the solar arrays. Now neither Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) can be rotated safely - the starboard unit because it has foreign object ...


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