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NASA: Astronauts†to†get putty†for small holes

Why don’t they just use duct tape like I do?

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/06/18/space.shuttle.ap/index.html

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP)—When space shuttle flights resume, the astronauts will have putty and other filler to repair cracks and small gashes in the wings, but they will not be able to patch a hole as big as the one that doomed Columbia, NASA said Friday.

Michael Kostelnik, deputy associate administrator, said it is taking longer than expected to come up with a technique for wrapping a crater as big as the one gouged in Columbia’s wing by a chunk of foam last year.

Engineers also are behind in designing a boom for inspecting the belly of orbiting shuttles and the undersides of the wings, Kostelnik said. NASA hopes to have the boom ready for the first post-Columbia flight, still on track for next March. Kostelnik said NASA has yet to decide what it will do if the boom is not ready by then.


Posted by SPN on 06/21 at 07:10 AM in Science / Technology

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