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NASA Allays Concerns About Shuttle Astronaut Life

NASA says that a micro meteor hit the left wing of the shuttle, but did not cause any damage that could damage the shuttle back into the atmosphere. NASA also monitored the shedding of the insulating foam during takeoff and determined that they do not endanger the return (Amir Burnett) 

 in the top picture. A cellophane-like material protruding from the connection door to the external fuel tank. NASA says that it is likely that this material will burn up immediately upon entering the atmosphere, but they will probably use the robotic arm to check the area. Below it - insulation foam falling during launch

Amir Burnett The Israeli Astronomical Society.

This morning (Monday) NASA held a press conference in which it presented the results of the inspection of the damage caused to the shuttle during the launch. The estimates at the moment are that there was no real damage to the ferry. The damages include cracks in the protective tiles, protrusions of insulating materials and even foam fragments falling from the fuel tank.

Another recorded event is apparently the impact of a micro-meteor which hit the left wing of the shuttle. The impact happened while the team was sleeping and did not feel the incident. The force of the impact was about one hundredth of the minimum force that the shuttle protocol requires to be considered, but the NASA analysis team decided to examine the impact area anyway. It is possible that the source of the shock is not a micro-meteor impact but changes in the structure of the shuttle due to the exposure to space conditions or the cold-heat differences. Since the crash of the space shuttle Columbia, on which the late Col. Ilan Ramon perished, the crash of the Columbia was caused by a fracture of an insulation tile in the left wing, which allowed the burning heat that was created during reentry into the atmosphere to penetrate the shuttle wing.

During the day, the astronauts transferred the P5 component from the shuttle to the space station and when the astronauts wake up at 9:45 US time, the Korev and Vogelsand astronauts are supposed to install it.

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