NASA Thinking Ahead to Keep Up Launch Schedule
News story originally written on February 17, 1999
NASA officials have asked the U. S. Space and Rocket Center museum to
return parts from two solid rocket boosters. They had given the parts to
the museum in 1988 to be part of a full-size space shuttle exhibit.
Even though the solid rocket boosters were designed for repeated use, some
have been lost or damaged. In 1982, two sank to the bottom of the ocean
when their parachutes didn't open. In 1986, two were destroyed with the
Challenger. Four others were damaged when they landed in the ocean.
NASA can use the parts from the museum to help keep up its launch
schedule. It would cost $300,000 to take the parts from the museum, get
them ready to fly, and build replacements for the display. Otherwise it
would cost between $5 and $10 million to build new parts. It would also
take about three years.
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