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Sorry, this story is an urban legend at best. To begin with, it impossible to get every single NASA employee into a single room: the agency today has nearly 20,000 employees (plus an even larger number of contractors); the agency's workforce was even larger in the mid-1980s. Second, the first unpainted external tank was flown in 1982 on the third shuttle mission, STS- (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-3) This story may be entertaining, but it is a work of fiction.
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Jun 27, 2010