Natural Gas Leak Forces Space Center Evacuation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Hundreds of people were evacuated from several buildings at Kennedy Space Center because of a natural gas leak.

NASA spokesman Allard Beutel (byoo-TEHL) said the early
Wednesday leak was caused when a backhoe struck a natural gas line.

As a precaution, workers were evacuated from facilities
including two Orbiter Processing Facilities, which are the hangars
for the space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavor.

Beutel says there were no injuries or damages and everyone is
back at work. Crews are working on the natural gas line.

Three more space shuttles missions are planned this year before
the program is retired. The shuttle Discovery is next, with a
launch scheduled for Feb. 24.


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