Hurricane Matthew spares NASA’s Kennedy Space Center a direct hit

Hurricane Matthew spares NASA’s Kennedy Space Center a direct hit

The recent powerful Hurricane Matthew apparently spared NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) a direct hit, but the revered spaceport has suffered some notable damages.

The U.S. space agency has confirmed that an initial aerial survey, conducted on Saturday, showed that the facility suffered some isolated roof damage, downed power lines, and limited water intrusion.

NASA officials announced that the Damage Assessment & Recovery Team was brought in yesterday for a formal assessment. Further inspections, slated for Sunday, will make the picture clearer.

In a newly released statement, NASA officials said, “At this time, there is observed to be limited roof damage to KSC facilities, water and electrical utilities services have been disrupted and there is scattered debris. Storm surge has been observed to be relatively minimal, limited to localized portions of the space center.”

Hurricane Matthew forced the space agency to temporarily close KSC on Oct. 6 as the hurricane’s core came within twenty miles of the space center, and area faced maximum sustained wind of 90 miles per hour, with top surface wind gusting at a speed of 107 miles per hour.

KSC has long been the launch center for NASA astronauts. For instance, the Apollo moon missions as well as space shuttle flights to Earth’s orbit were launched from KSC. The facility also manages launch activities for the agency’s robotic missions that lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.


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