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NASA Securing Space Center for Possible Strike by Ivan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASA is still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Frances, and now the space port is bracing for the even more menacing Ivan.

Workers are hurriedly moving mangled strips of aluminum siding and exposed equipment into the hangar that once housed the wreckage of space shuttle Columbia.

Forecasters say there's a possibility that Ivan could veer close to Cape Canaveral early next week.

Last weekend, Frances peeled 820 aluminum panels off NASA's 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building and sent them flying, smashing car and truck windshields.

Thursday the space agency rushed to collect the bent 4 by 16-foot panels for fear they could turn into huge flying razor blades again. The panels were moved to a Kennedy Space Center hangar 1 1/2 miles farther inland.


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