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Atlantis brought back to Earth a small meteorite

October 10 2006

A tiny piece of space punctured a hole in the casing of the shuttle Atlantis, causing slight damage significant by historical standards, but in no way threatening to the crew.

NASA officials say that a body blow to the radiator panel, located at the doors of the cargo compartment. The object is not to inflict harm paint finish or thermal panels that protect the spacecraft during landing. The doors of the cargo hatch cover will remain open during the flight to reduce the heat produced by the shuttle, the newspaper writes New York Times.

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