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Kennedy Space Center is Closed Today as Water Main Leaks

By Marc Boucher
NASA Watch
September 8, 2010
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Kennedy Space Center Closed Today, Discovery’s Rollover Delayed, NASA
“NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is closed today due to a major water main leak. Only essential personnel (security, fire/rescue, operations) are at the center. Crews are working on a break in a 24-inch pipe located at the LC-39 Complex turn basin across from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). They’re also assessing Kennedy’s water system to identify any other potential problems. Currently, there is no potable water at the center. Shuttle Discovery’s move, known as rollover, from its hangar, Orbiter Processing Facility-3 to the VAB, which had been scheduled for 6:30 a.m. EDT this morning, is postponed until at least tomorrow morning (Sept. 9). Today’s delay is not expected to affect Discovery’s targeted Nov. 1 launch on its STS-133 mission to the International Space Station.”
Marc’s note: Updated story from Ken Kremer for NASA Watch.
Space Shuttle Discovery Move Delayed When Water Main Break Closes KSC, Ken Kremer
“Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex were closed Wednesday morning when a 24 inch water main suddenly broke for unknown reasons.
KSC re-opened in the afternoon for the second shift after water was restored to the center except for one administrative building and the Press Site. Crews were able to isolate the break in the pipe which sent water gushing out very near to buildings which prepare the Space Shuttle for flight. Teams are assessing Kennedy’s water system to confirm there aren’t any other potential problems.”

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