Space Shuttle Update (25)


                                                                                                                                       
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Launch Date: 11:26 a.m. EDT, July 8, 2011

In the White Room
NASA – At Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-135 crew pose for a group portrait in front of space shuttle Atlantis’ hatch in the pad’s White Room.

From left are Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialist Rex Walheim and Commander Chris Ferguson. An access arm supports the White Room that is in place against the shuttle which provides entry to the crew compartment. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Safety Training
At Launch Pad 39A members of space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 crew receive instruction by the catch nets for the slidewire baskets at the base of the pad as part of the pad’s emergency exit training.

From left are Mission Specialist Rex Walheim, Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Launch Pad Greeting
On Launch Pad 39A space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 crew members, Mission Specialist Rex Walheim and Pilot Doug Hurley greet the pad workers.

The astronauts are at Kennedy to participate in a launch countdown dress rehearsal called the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) and related training. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Payload Bay Walkdown
At Launch Pad 39A space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 crew members take part in a payload bay walkdown to check out the cargo secured in Atlantis’ bay.

Seen here are Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus (left) and Commander Chris Ferguson. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Bay Airlock Inspection
At Launch Pad 39A space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 crew members take part in a payload bay walkdown to check out the cargo secured in Atlantis’ bay.

Seen here inspecting the airlock are Pilot Doug Hurley (left), and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Seaside Sunrise
The sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean silhouetting space shuttle Atlantis’ external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters on Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The STS-135 crew members will be at the pad shortly to be strapped into their respective seats on Atlantis for a simulated launch countdown as part of the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) and related training. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 23, 2011

Shuttle Duties Completed
The massive crawler-transporter that carried space shuttle Atlantis to Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida sits serenely on the crawlerway after its shuttle transport duties were completed. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 23, 2011

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