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December 6

1988 STS - 27, Atlantis lands at Edwards Air Force Base and becomes "the most-damaged mission to return successfully to Earth." Damage to over 700 heat shield tiles was caused by flying insulating material from the solid rocket booster shortly after lift-off.
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