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Shuttle Wing Test Backs Foam-Damage Theory

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Shuttle Wing Test Backs Foam-Damage Theory

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Shuttle Wing Test Backs Foam-Damage Theory

Shuttle Wing Test Backs Foam-Damage Theory

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Testing a theory about the Feb. 1 demise of space shuttle Columbia, engineers in Texas fire a piece of insulating foam at the leading edge of a shuttle wing. Preliminary findings show a three-inch crack and other damage. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.