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1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building a technician marks off an area for inspection on Atlantis' external tank.

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In high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, a technician marks off an area for inspection on Atlantis' external tank. A severe thunderstorm with golf ball-sized hail caused visible divots in the giant tank's foam insulation and minor surface damage to about 26 heat shield tiles on the shuttle's left wing. Further evaluation of the tank is necessary to get an accurate accounting of foam damage and determine the type of repair required and the time needed for that work. A new target launch date has not been determined, but teams will focus on preparing Atlantis for liftoff in late April on mission STS-117. Photo credit: NASA/George Shelton

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  • Title: 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building a technician marks off an area for inspection on Atlantis' external tank.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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