More Potential Space Shuttle Problems
NASA Scrambling to Determine Whether Drooping Material on Discovery’s Belly Poses Danger – Marica Dunn – Associated Press
A couple of short strips of material dangling from Discovery’s belly had NASA scrambling Sunday to determine whether the protrusions might endanger the shuttle during next week’s descent and whether the astronauts might need to attempt a repair.
The potential trouble has nothing to do with foam or other launch debris – for a change – but rather the accidental slippage of material used to fill the thin gaps between thermal tiles.
Outside of the possibility of real risk to the Astronauts, the real problem is that we are taking measurements and assessments now that were never taken, so we don’t know what really is a potential problem and what was there all along.