Robert T. Nelson of KSC Security points to an approximately 24-foot-long crack on the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) which is holding the Space Shuttle Discovery en route to Launch Pad 39A for the STS-82 mission. Nelson was riding on the MLP when he heard a loud noise and noticed the crack. Rollout had begun shortly after 7 a.m. EST and was stopped at about 8:25 a.m. This Y-shaped crack is on the MLP surface and runs from near the left-hand solid rocket booster flame hole toward the near corner of the MLP. Rollout of Discovery resumed just past 12 noon after structural engineers determined that the integrity of the MLP had not been compromised. Discovery is scheduled to lift off on the second Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission on Feb. 11. (Photo Release Date: 01/17/97 )
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