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Want to get a sense of the subtleties and complexity of rocket engineering? Go to this Chris Bergin report at nasaspaceflight.com about the unusual number of visible streaks of light that were seen in the engine plume of the shuttle’s main engines during the last flight of Atlantis. Who would have thought this matters? It does.