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Shuttle Design Flaw Could Endanger Future Flights

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Shuttle Design Flaw Could Endanger Future Flights

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Shuttle Design Flaw Could Endanger Future Flights

Shuttle Design Flaw Could Endanger Future Flights

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Investigators say they've found a potentially catastrophic design flaw with the space shuttle that could result in parts of a heavy bolt striking the orbiter during launch. Officials do not think the flaw caused the shuttle Columbia to break apart, but it could ground the shuttle program longer than expected. NPR's David Kestenbaum reports.