On This Day In Space: July 26, 2005: Space shuttle Discovery returns to flight (Image Credit: Space.com)
A few seconds after launching from Kennedy Space Center, a huge bird flew straight into the top of the shuttle’s external fuel tank.
The bird didn’t cause any damage, but did lead NASA to develop precautions to prevent large birds near the shuttle during launch to avoid damage.
A few minutes later, two pieces of foam were seen flying away from the shuttle, one of which collided with the orbiter’s right wing. Luckily, those didn’t cause any critical damage either. STS-114 safely returned to Earth after spending two weeks in space.
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