SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Wavy Rings, Dark Dunes, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Wavy Rings, Dark Dunes, More
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June 14, 2009--"I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that." OK, so maybe GUCP is no match for HAL of 2001 fame, but the rocket component did manage to scuttle the space shuttle Endeavour's June 13 launch.

Located on the external tank the shuttle rides out of Earth's atmosphere, the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (shown above at Kennedy Space Center, Florida) is a connection point for a hose that carries away excess hydrogen. Found to be dangerously leaking on June 13, GUCP has since had seals replaced, and Endeavour is set to lift off June 17.
—Photograph courtesy NASA
 
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