Space Shuttle Atlantis - June 8th, 2007
REPORT THAT DEBRIS FELL FROM SHUTTLE AS IT LAUNCHED...
The countdown was nearly flawless, but it appeared that something fell from the tank more than two minutes into the ascent, several seconds after the solid rocket boosters separated from Atlantis. Falling debris from the tank poses the most danger to the shuttle from liftoff to around that point in the ascent.
Shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said that foam did fall off the tank, as expected, but that it happened too late in the ascent to be a problem.
"The tank performed magnificently, despite having several thousands repairs to it," Hale said.
The shuttle smoothly settled into orbit around the Earth.
During the 11-day flight, Atlantis' astronauts will deliver a new segment and a pair of solar panels to the orbiting outpost. They will also swap out a member of the space sta
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