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Columbia Panel: Shuttles Could Resume within Year

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Columbia Panel: Shuttles Could Resume within Year

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Columbia Panel: Shuttles Could Resume within Year

Columbia Panel: Shuttles Could Resume within Year

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The committee investigating the Feb. 1 Columbia space shuttle disaster recommends that NASA consider replacing delicate heat-shielding tiles on its shuttle fleet with tougher ones, and using stronger material for wing edges. But it also suggests that flights could resume in six to nine months, even if NASA does not address all the improvements before then. Hear NPR's Richard Harris.