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[i]The pad used by Atlantis, meanwhile, suffered more launch damage than usual. The heat-resistant material that covers the bricks beneath the pad was blasted off an approximate 25-square-foot area, said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel. Some nitrogen gas and pressurized air lines also were damaged.
The damage to the bricked flame trench -- which deflect the flames at booster rocket ignition -- occurred near an area that was severely battered last year. Monday's damage is not nearly as bad, Beutel said.[/i]
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