NASA may return shuttles to flight, but must fix insulation

09/20/2004 | USA Today

An oversight group said NASA may launch shuttles again even if astronauts will be unable to fix wing damage in space -- but only if the agency can come up with a way to keep large chunks of foam from falling off the shuttle's external tanks. The 2003 Columbia accident was caused by a large piece of foam that crashed into a wing panel.

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