Monday, September 1, 2008

check out how small a potentially catastrophic flaw on the space shuttle can be!

Click picture for monster close up.

The screwdriver is pointing at them. ( I was wondering what the hell a screwdriver was doing within a 10 foot radius of a liquid-hydrogen fuel valve!)

"Preparation and inspections need to be meticulous. Here is a close up view of a valve removed from Atlantis' external tank inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Technicians removed the valve after small dings (center, near tip of tool) were found on the sealing surface of the quick disconnect system that handles liquid-hydrogen fuel for the shuttle's three main engines. (NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis) "

From the big picture

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