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7/31/05-International Space Station

NASA Reviewing Shuttle Damage Areas

NASA is trying to find a solution to a threat facing the discovery crew.  The space agency is grounding all shuttles until they can figure out why chunks of debris fell from the Discovery just moments after lift-off.  Strips of hanging material have the potential to overheat the spacecraft when it comes back to earth.

Discovery's commander, Eileen Collins, said that the incident caught the crew by surprise, but they're still confident they'll make it home without any problems.  "I'd like to add that there is over 2.5 millions other parts on this space shuttle that are working perfectly right now. And we have confidence in that and we know that the shuttle is going to get us back all right. We think the shuttle is a fantastic flying machine and it's done a great job in its lifetime," said Collins.

The Discovery is scheduled to return to earth on Monday, August 8th.

Oralia Ortega, reporting.


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