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Solving the falling foam mystery

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Endeavour will be
docking with the international space station in a few hours. But first, the shuttle will have to perform a few maneuvers so the space station crew can take a series of photos. It's part of a routine effort to see if the shuttle suffered any damage from flying debris during Wednesday's launch. NASA is also trying to understand why a normally benign section of the fuel tank lost so much foam during liftoff.
Shuttle program manager John Shannon says NASA needs "to understand what was going on for the next flight." Astronauts have already used the 100-foot robot boom to inspect the vehicle, but it doesn't reach everywhere.


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