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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Imaging Is Key

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Larry Adams By Larry Adams
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I watched the video, but I didn't see, not at first. I watched as the booster rockets propelled Discovery off launch pad 39. I marveled as the external fuel tank separated from the orbiter. I watched the images on my laptop, running it over and over again, but still I didn't see it.

I didn't see it, but the network of electronic imaging technology did see the debris event that occurred during the launch of the Discovery shuttle.

The launch culminated a long road for NASA, and to see the agency accomplish its goal to return-to-flight was a thing to behold.

The elation did not last, however. Just one day after a seemingly successful launch, the future of the program was called into question.

NASA hasn't officially grounded the program, but the agency did say that it would not fly the shuttle until engineers were certain that the insulating foam attached to the external fuel tank would remain attached.

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