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A five-member board was named to investigate a launch pad accident at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida that damaged an Atlas-Centaur space rocket, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. Selected to head the board was James Odom, director of science and engineering at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The hydrogen tank on the rocket’s Centaur stage was ruptured when a work platform struck it while technicians were preparing to fix a fuel leak. The board, meeting for the first time today, is to report its findings by Aug. 14 to Rear Adm. Richard H. Truly, NASA’s associate administrator for space flight.


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