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Hurricane Harvey Forces NASA Flight Controllers, Essential Personnel To Shelter In Place

28 August 2017
Spaceflight Now reports that NASA flight controllers and essential personnel supporting the International Space Station sheltered in place at Johnson Space Center in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. Rainfall near the space center topped 22 inches, and more rain is expected over the next several days. Flight controllers stayed in contact with the space station over the weekend to monitor “a rocket firing Saturday to raise the lab’s orbit slightly, putting the outpost on the proper trajectory for three crew members to depart next Saturday for a landing in Kazakhstan.” The James Webb Space Telescope, “the $8.6 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope,” did not suffer any damage during the storm, and NASA said in a statement that “there are no concerns” about the instrument. (Image Credit: NASA)
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