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[i]Space shuttle program manager John Shannon said Monday that NASA's recovery ship Freedom Star -- one of two ships that deliver shuttle fuel tanks as well as retrieve an orbiter's twin reusable solid rocket boosters from the Atlantic Ocean after a launch -- is not equipped to make the shallow-water detour around the oil spill.
"It's kind of stuck in Gulfport, Mississippi right now because of the oil slick," Shannon told reporters in a morning briefing. "They've had to take a different path with the barge and the Freedom Star cannot do that shallow-water course to Michoud."[/i]
[i]Freedom Star is not equipped to steam into an alternate shallow-water approach to New Orleans, so NASA has procured commercial vessels to tow the barge for the first leg of its 900-mile journey.
"They will use commercial tugs to deliver the barge through shallow water to meet up with Freedom Star," Shannon said.
The barge is scheduled to rendezvous with Freedom Star Tuesday morning, allowing the towboat to begin tugging Pegasus in daylight.[/i]
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