STS-121 Update

Launch debris review clears Discovery for July liftoff, SpaceflightNow

NASA confident shuttle tank won't shed dangerous debris, Orlando Sentinel

"NASA managers expressed confidence today that the space shuttle's redesigned fuel tank won't shed dangerous debris during launch despite ongoing concern about at least one potential hazard. After a two-day engineering review at the Kennedy Space Center, shuttle officials decided the issue would not be an obstacle to Discovery's planned liftoff in July. Their conclusion: Small bits of the foam insulation that covers the tank's exterior still will break loose during launch, but the pieces are "an acceptable risk" not expected to cause serious damage."

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