Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but spared major damage


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NASA's Kennedy Space Center will remain closed for a fourth day September 13 as teams continue to evaluate damage there caused by Hurricane Irma.

The same holds true at adjoining Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Power has been restored to NASA and Air Force facilities but water service is out. Until that's restored, officials said Kennedy would stay closed to non-essential personnel.

Inspection crews were out in full force Tuesday.

At Kennedy's tourist area, life-size replicas of the space shuttle fuel tank and booster rockets were still standing outside the home of shuttle Atlantis.

Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, who's in charge of Air Force operations says, "We dodged another bullet". On Monday, Hurricane Irma's path remained well to the west of Cape Canaveral, which got hit with high winds and heavy rain.

About 9,000 people work at Kennedy, a lot of them contractors. Images of an aerial tour of the center September 12 showed some roof and other exterior damage to some buildings, but not necessarily as serious as what KSC suffered when Hurricane Matthew passed just offshore in October 2016. United Launch Alliance also reported only minor damage to its facilities at Cape Canaveral, and expected to resume normal operations as soon as September 13.

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