Re: Shenzhou V launch -- falling debris (ice?)

From: Robert Reeves (
Date: Wed Oct 15 2003 - 22:28:34 EDT

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    Subject: Shenzhou V launch -- falling debris (ice?)
    > In footage of the Shenzhou V launch I see what appears to
    > be a lot of debris falling off of it just a few seconds
    > after liftoff, and I wonder if it was ice.
    > Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
    Probably foam insulation panels.  The same thing used to happen to Ariane 1
    rockets.  The things looks like they were falling appart right after
    liftoff, but the panel shedding was normal.
    Robert Reeves
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