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Rockwell Space Shuttle

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Discovery on a crawler heading towards launch complex 39A – and its final mission – STS-133.
It is the second trip to the launch pad; the orbiter had to be taken back to the VAB for scans and repairs. The Nov. 5 launch attempt was aborted due to a leaky Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP). Engineers also found a section of popped up foam on the shuttle’s external tank. Further inspection showed that the cracks extended all the way down to the aluminum skin of the external tank. These were all fixed.
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Rockwell Space Shuttle

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31st January 2011
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