On This Day In Space: Oct. 7, 2002: STS-112 Launches to the ISS (Image Credit: Space.com)
The S1 truss is part of the backbone of the space station, and it provides structural support for the thermal control system.
During the launch, a chunk of insulating foam broke off of the external tank and hit the bottom of the rocket booster, leaving a huge dent.
Luckily this didn’t pose any problems for STS-112, but this was the same thing that caused the Columbia shuttle disaster just three months later. NASA later redesigned the shuttle to prevent this problem.
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