Gap in Atlantis' thermal blanket studied

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Gap in Atlantis' thermal blanket studied

Sunday, June 10, 2007
By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON "” Space shuttle Atlantis sped Sunday toward a rendezvous with the international space station _ the first of 2007 _ with a peeled-back corner of a thermal blanket being the biggest concern tracked by engineers on the ground.

Engineers weren't sure if stitching on the blanket came loose or if the blanket ... was hit by debris during launch Friday evening at Kennedy Space Center. The peeling back of the blanket left a gap about 4 inches by 6 inches.

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