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Re: STS-114 MCC Status Report #16 - Gap Fillers

In Authur Rowe's Status report posting it said ...
> He will first try to gently pull out the protruding material, and if need
> be, remove by trimming with a hacksaw.
> Gap fillers are used in areas to restrict the flow of hot gas into the
> gaps between Thermal Protection System components.

Can anyone explain why it's ok just to pull the gap fillers out - surely
they are as vital as the heat resisting tiles for preventing heat damage on
If they serve no purpose, why not leave them out in the first place ...
Hugh M0WYE
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