The Space Shuttle Needs A Band-aid

space shuttle gougeNASA deciding whether Endeavour crew needs to repair gouge:

…a nine-centimetre-long gouge the shuttle suffered during its launch last week penetrates all the way through thermal tiles on its belly.
Engineers are trying to determine whether the area can withstand the searing heat of atmospheric re-entry at the end of the flight.

Scary. I can imagine the engineers working non-stop to test if it can be fixed and its effect on the shuttle if it isn’t fixed.