Discovery Debris Update

Sensor boom to scan shuttle during inspections today, Spaceflightnow.com

"[Lead flight director Paul Hill] There's been a lot of concern about whether or not we'll over react and that would paralyze us for making all of the right decisions during the flight or maybe jumping the gun and repairing a vehicle when we didn't need to repair the vehicle."

Intense Hunt for Signs of Damage Could Raise Problems of Its Own, NY Times

"But all this inspection may be a mixed blessing. The more NASA looks for damage, engineers and other experts say, the more it will find. And the risks of overreaction to signs of damage while the shuttle is in orbit may be just as great as the risks of playing them down."

NASA sends shuttle to space, debris fears arise, Reuters

"NASA successfully launched space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday, but anxiously reviewed video showing debris falling from the craft during liftoff, the same problem that caused the fatal Columbia disaster 2-1/2 years earlier."

Possible Debris Spotted Falling from Discovery, AP

"Deputy shuttle program manager Wayne Hale says the first objects might have been harmless pieces of paper that protected Discovery's thrusters before launch."

Editor's note: MSNBC and other TV networks are replaying footage from the camera mounted on the Shuttle's External Tank just after the Solid Rocket Boosters separated. A piece of material can clearly be seen peeling away from the lower right hand side of the External Tank shortly after the right SRB separated.

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