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His Endeavour: Giving old shuttle parts new life
His Endeavour: Giving old shuttle parts new life

It was the type of weather that would have scrubbed a space shuttle launch. The rain was relentless. Water streamed down Dennis Jenkins' glasses, dripping off the tip of his nose, as he surveyed the scrap yard not far from where the shuttles once blasted into orbit. A box overflowing with keyboards and wires. Nearly a dozen file cabinets tipped on their sides. A small mountain of cardboard boxes, falling apart in the downpour. Each box bore a sticker emblazoned with the blue NASA logo. "CRITICAL SPACE ITEM," they read. "HANDLE WITH EXTREME CARE." Jenkins directed his team to a pair of 7-foot-tall contraptions next to a chain-link fence — escape...

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