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Launch debris images
Posted: July 26, 2005

The top of the external fuel tank strikes a bird at liftoff.

Covers are shed from the shuttle thrusters at launch as designed. They are meant to keep water out of the thrusters on the launch pad.

A piece of tile chips off Discovery for unknown reasons.

An unknown piece of debris is shed from the external tank just after solid rocket booster separation.