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FIRE CAUSES DAMAGE AT NASA CENTER

Parts of two spacecraft, including panels that are to be installed in the Hubble Space Telescope, were damaged in a fire at Goddard Space Flight Center, officials said today.

Phillip Z. Tapper, emergency coordinator for the NASA center, said heat protection panels for the telescope and for another spacecraft were exposed to smoke and water Thursday afternoon when a fire in an adjacent structure spread into a laboratory building where the panels were being processed.

Tapper said the exact damage to the spacecraft panels has not been determined, "But we don't expect there will be any mission impact." He said it's believed the spacecraft parts can be fully restored with cleaning to remove any smoke and water effects.

There were no injuries in the fire and NASA officials said there was no immediate estimate of the dollar value of the loss.

There was smoke and water damage throughout the laboratory building, Tapper said.

The cause of the fire was not known.

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