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Cracks Found In Discovery Fuel Tank, Further Delaying Shuttle’s Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA discovered cracks in Discovery’s fuel tank Wednesday, an added problem that will complicate trying to launch the space shuttle on its final voyage this year.The two cracks – each 9 inches long – …

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA discovered cracks in Discovery’s fuel tank Wednesday, an added problem that will complicate trying to launch the space shuttle on its final voyage this year.

The two cracks – each 9 inches long – were found on the exterior of the aluminum tank, beneath a larger crack in the insulating foam that covers the 15-story tank. The cracks are in an area that holds instruments, not fuel.

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