Thursday, March 02, 2006

Shuttle Tank arrives to the Cape

The external fuel tank arrives in a barge to KSC here.
Flight date is May 10th.

Sixteen pieces of foam fell off Discovery's external tank from the flight last year here.

It's the first time the space agency has put a number on the pieces of foam that snapped off during liftoff last year in the first flight since the Columbia disaster.

Engineers had hoped to prevent any threatening loss of foam and were disappointed when it happened again.

Media day to see the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) roll out is on March 7th here.
The tests are simulating airflow and temperature changes the CEV will have to experience in atmospheric flight, and they are among the first steps in the process to develop a new space-travel system to return humans to the Moon and support later missions to Mars.

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