It seems the Discovery mission isn’t the only shuttle dealing with debris issues and damage.

Unfortunately, Pathfinder has spent many, many years outside in the hot and humid North Alabama weather.

Just last night, a massive piece of Pathfinder broke loose and fell off! The piece came from the belly of the orbiter under what would be the crew section. The External Tank is currently keeping the section from falling to the ground entirely.

Shuttle Park is currently roped off to visitors while they assess the damage.

As you can tell from the pictures, it’s bad.

The Saturn V has finally been restored. Now it is clearly Pathfinder’s turn.

Pathfinder Damage

Pathfinder Damage

Pathfinder Damage