Questioning The Launch of NASA Discovery
AP News: NASA Gives Green Light for Shuttle Launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA officials decided a crack in Discovery's fuel tank insulating foam wasn't enough of a threat to stop the countdown Tuesday to their first Independence Day shuttle launch. The launch is set for 2:38 p.m. EDT.
Inspectors spotted the crack Monday. A 3-inch piece of foam also popped out of the area, which covers an expandable bracket holding a liquid oxygen feed line against the huge external fuel tank.