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Shuttle Update

By Keith Cowing
August 26, 2006

Solid rocket booster tests could be ordered, Spaceflightnow

“NASA managers are meeting tonight to discuss whether or not to conduct additional tests to make sure a lightning strike Friday didn’t cause any problems with the shuttle Atlantis’ solid-fuel booster rockets. If such tests are ordered – and the booster project team is making that recommendation – launch could be delayed until the middle of the week, sources said this evening.”

Lightning strike forces postponement of Shuttle launch, Orlando Sentinel

“The lightning strike, described by NASA managers as the largest ever recorded at the launch pad, occurred about 2.p.m. Friday. The bolt hit the pad’s lightning suppression system and caused some electrical components on Atlantis and ground-support equipment to show brief spikes.”

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