The Space Shuttle "Discovery"'s launch on STS-121 is thrown in doubt when a 3 inch crack is found in the foam insulation of its external tank. Despite the crack, NASA decides to proceed with the launch, scheduled for 2:38 PM ET Tuesday, which would be the first manned launch on the United States Independence Day. [http:--www.spaceflightnow.com-shuttle-sts121-060703crack- (Spaceflight Now-CBS News)] [http:--www.msnbc.msn.com-id-13666974- (MSNBC)] [http:--go.reuters.co.uk-newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=12728947§ion=news&src=rss-uk-scienceNews (Reuters)]date=August 2019
NASA isolates the flash memory aboard "Spirit" as the most probable cause of communications problems; work continues on a method to operate the rover without it. MER-B "Opportunity" successfully lands on Mars and continues communications through all stages. NASA isolates the flash memory aboard "Spirit" as the most probable cause of communications problems; work continues on a method to operate the rover without it.
NASA investigators cracked a reinforced carbon fiber wing by shooting it with a piece of insulation, providing more evidence that falling insulation may have caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster: NASA officials release experimental findings proving that the insulation known to have hit the leading edge of "Columbia" ' s left wing could have created a gap in between protective heat panels.