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STS-93: Nozzle Coolant Tube Leak Photos

These pictures show the punctures in the coolant tubes in the right main engine of Columbia which caused a small hydrogen leak during the Shuttle's climb to orbit on July 23.

         

These close up views show the denting and rupturing of the three coolant tubes in the nozzle of Columbia's right main engine, likely caused by foreign object debris during the Shuttle's launch July 23.

Following the landing of Space Shuttle Columbia on July 27, this close-up view shows what appear to be three small holes in the liquid hydrogen tubes inside the nozzle on main engine No. 3. Engineers will examine the engine to determine if a possible hydrogen leak occurred during the STS-93 launch on July 23.

 


Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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