Tiny Hair Found in Leak of Shuttle Rocket Seal

Associated Press

Workers searching for a leak in a space shuttle solid fuel booster rocket found a one-inch hair pressed into a secondary seal, a NASA spokesman said.

Each booster is made up of four segments, and the joints between the segments have three gaskets to prevent hot gases from leaking during launch. Such a leak was blamed for the 1986 explosion of the shuttle Challenger.

The leak was detected Tuesday in a segment on a booster for Columbia, which is set for a February Spacelab mission.

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