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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center

October 25, 2005
NASA's Kennedy Space Center Opens Wednesday
NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., will open for business Wednesday morning. The center sustained minor hurricane damage.

The impact of Hurricane Wilma on Kennedy facilities is being evaluated. Preliminary assessments indicate no damage to space flight hardware or NASA's space shuttle fleet.

Some Kennedy facilities sustained minor roof damage or interior water damage when Wilma passed through Monday. The center's landmark Vehicle Assembly Building lost some panels on the east and west sides, and some facilities are without power.

Wilma dropped 13.6 inches of rain at Kennedy's Space Shuttle Landing Facility. The highest wind gust recorded was 94 mph from the north-northwest at launch pad 39B. The maximum sustained wind was 76 mph from the north-northwest at the top of the 492-foot weather tower north of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

For Kennedy employees and visitors, the Max Brewer Causeway on State Road 406, between Titusville and the center, has structural damage and is closed. For information about Kennedy on the Web, visit:

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