SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Hubble Repairs, Huge Moon, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Hubble Repairs, Huge Moon, More
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Kennedy Space Center, Florida, May 12, 2009--Designed to lift space shuttles, and themselves, to roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) above the Earth, the world's largest solid-fuel rocket boosters occasionally damage the flame trenches (pictured, a trench at Launch Pad 39A) that channel flames and exhaust away from the shuttle during launches.

During the May 11 Atlantis launch, flames dislodged about 25 square feet, or 2.3 square meters, (outlined in pink) of flame-resistant, concrete-like Fondue Fyre--minor damage that should be repaired before the next launch here, scheduled for June 13.
—Photograph by Kim Shiflett, courtesy NASA
 
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