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NASA's Space Shuttle Returns To Flight

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After being grounded for almost two and a half years, NASA returned to flight with the space shuttle Discovery at 10:37 am on July 26th, 2005.

The launch was the first flight of the shuttle following the break-up and destruction of the space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew on re-entry in 2003. Since the disaster NASA has undertaken a massive safety program to prevent another incident like the one that caused Columbia's crash.

The launch had been scheduled for two weeks earlier, but a faulty fuel sensor scrubbed the earlier attempt.

During the launch some foam and debris fell from the external fuel tank. Though the shuttle wasn't struck by the foam, NASA announced that there would be no future shuttle launches, until the falling foam problem is resolved.

Posted:  2005-07-27  1:09:19 PM

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