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BBC NEWS: Space shuttle to get critical fix

On second thought perhaps I don't want to be an astronaut. BBC NEWS reports that the shuttle, currently orbiting the planet, needs some repairs:

The astronaut will remove strips that are sticking out between heat shield tiles on Discovery's belly. Nasa is concerned the dangling material - called gap fillers - could cause part of the shuttle to overheat as it re-enters the atmosphere. The type of repairs being planned have never been conducted by astronauts on a spacewalk before.

That's what I call a high pressure job.

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