Hail damage on Atlantis' external tank is inspected



Washington, DC, United States

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, Mike Ravenscroft, with United Space Alliance, points to some of the foam repair done on the external tank of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Holes filled with foam are sanded flush with the adjacent area. In late February, Atlantis' external tank received hail damage during a severe thunderstorm that passed through the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 area. The hail caused visible divots in the giant tank's foam insulation as well as minor surface damage to about 26 heat shield tiles on the shuttle's left wing. The launch now is targeted for June 8.


  • Title: Hail damage on Atlantis' external tank is inspected
  • Creator: NASA
  • Date Created: 2007-04-13
  • Location: VAB
  • Rights: KSC
  • Album: cbabir

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