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Kennedy Space Center remains closed after hurricane

13 Sep 2017, 11:08 UTC
Kennedy Space Center remains closed after hurricane
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will remain closed for a fourth day Sept. 13 as teams continue to evaluate damage there caused by Hurricane Irma.
In a statement late Sept. 12, NASA said the center on Florida’s Space Coast will be closed through at least Sept. 13 to allow what is known as the Disaster Assessment and Recovery Team (DART) to continue its assessment of the various facilities there.
KSC closed Sept. 8 in advance of the approaching hurricane, which passed to the west of the center, up the Gulf coast of Florida, late Sept. 10 and early Sept. 11. That track spared the center and surrounding region from the worst of the storm, but still subjected it to high winds, heavy rains and sporadic tornadoes.
The center, in its statement about the extended closure, said that teams found “a variety of damage” to facilities but did not elaborate. Images of an aerial tour of the center Sept. 12 showed some roof and other exterior damage to some buildings, but not necessarily as serious as what KSC suffered when Hurricane Matthew passed just offshore in October 2016.
KSC is also without water service, caused by a large number of ...

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