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Kennedy Space Center: Irma Damage Leaves Facility Without Water

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This photo provided by NASA shows the Mobile Launcher, left, Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), center, and Launch Control Center, center left behind VAB, during an aerial survey of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Bill White/NASA via AP)

By    |   Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 11:32 AM

The Kennedy Space Center sustained "a variety of damage" from Hurricane Irma and remained without working water, NASA said on its blog Tuesday.

NASA said on Twitter that the space center, located at Cape Canaveral on Florida's east coast, remained closed through Thursday while its Damage Assessment and Recovery Team continued to survey the facility for its damage assessment report.

Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday and roared north through the length of the state. NASA closed Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 8 before Hurricane Irma hit Florida with a small team of specialists known as the Rideout Team staying at site during the storm, Fox News said.

NASA's images appeared to show damage to some roofs at the historic site along with the exterior of the center's Multi-Payload Processing Facility (MPPF), Fox News noted.

The network said that Hurricane Matthew caused millions of dollars of damage to Kennedy Space Center last year.

The Space Coast facility of the United Launch Alliance, NASA's Launch Complex 37 now run in a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security, suffered "minor damage" due to the storm, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"Due to the extraordinary efforts by the 45th Space Wing and ULA teams to recover from this storm, we may restore normal operations as early as Wednesday," ULA said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

The United Launch Alliance's next launch from the facility, which also had a launch facility in California, is set for Sept. 28, the Sentinel wrote. ULA is scheduled to launch an Atlas V rocket carrying a top secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, the newspaper stated.

SpaceX Florida facilities, the leased Launch 39A site at the Kennedy Space Center, suffered "far less" damage compared to Hurricane Matthew, according to initial reports, the Sentinel said. The newspaper said a full assessment there had not been completed.

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