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COPY-NASA: Falling ice, foam insulation no threat at shuttle blast off

Associated Press - October 23, 2007 3:24 PM ET

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) - Only a few incidents are being reported during this morning's launch of space shuttle Discovery on the latest mission to the international space station.

There was some concern prior to blast-off because of some ice on a pipe carrying hydrogen to the shuttle. But NASA officials say the ice appeared to break loose during liftoff without causing any damage.

At least six pieces of foam insulation also fell off of the fuel tank during liftoff. But NASA says it was well past the crucial first two minutes and posed no risk to the shuttle.

Discovery and its seven-member crew are on a two-week mission to deliver an Italian-built compartment that is the size of a small bus.

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