Kennedy Space Center Damage

Frances 9/6/04
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September 6th 2:34 PM
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) - No storm in history has done more
damage to the Kennedy Space Center than Hurricane Frances did.

Officials at the Florida facility say the storm tore about a-thousand exterior panels from the Vehicle Assembly Building.

The director of the space center -- James Kennedy -- says the missing panels have left 40-thousand square feet of "open window" on two sides of the building. But he says he's relieved that the space center was spared even worse damage.

No space shuttles were inside the damaged building. But Kennedy says he's afraid the damage could set back NASA's plans to resume shuttle launches next spring.