Heat Damage Delays Shuttle Launching

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

NASA postponed the launching of space shuttle Columbia for more than a week because of worrisome heat damage to insulation on a booster rocket used on an earlier flight, space agency officials at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida said. Columbia was supposed to blast off Friday on a 16-day science mission, but NASA delayed the flight until at least Nov. 15. Engineers are puzzled by an unusual amount of damage to nozzle insulation in one of the two solid-fuel booster rockets used to launch Atlantis in September.

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