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Shuttle Tests Support Foam-Damage Theory

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Shuttle Tests Support Foam-Damage Theory

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Shuttle Tests Support Foam-Damage Theory

Shuttle Tests Support Foam-Damage Theory

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The latest tests conducted for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board show that a piece of foam hitting the wing could in fact have produced sufficient damage to allow hot gases to penetrate the orbiter as it returned to Earth. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.

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