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New Details Emerge on Shuttle Damage at Launch

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New Details Emerge on Shuttle Damage at Launch

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New Details Emerge on Shuttle Damage at Launch

New Details Emerge on Shuttle Damage at Launch

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Further review reveals that as many as three pieces of foam insulation shed by a fuel tank hit space shuttle Columbia during its Jan. 16 launch. The news focuses new attention on an incident NASA investigated during the fatal mission — but concluded was not a serious threat to the orbiter. Hear NPR's Joe Palca and NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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