Space Shuttle Update (26)


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

Astrovan Heads to Atlantis
NASA – Seen from Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is the silver Astrovan transporting the STS-135 crew members to the pad to participate in a launch countdown simulation exercise on space shuttle Atlantis.

Atlantis and its crew are targeted to lift off July 8, taking with them the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Walkway to Space
Walkway to SpaceThe doors to the White Room, which provide entry to space shuttle Atlantis’ crew compartment, is seen here at the end of the access arm walkway on Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Commander Boards Atlantis
Commander Boards AtlantisIn the White Room at Launch Pad 39A, STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson prepares to board space shuttle Atlantis through the crew hatch in the background.

Members of the Closeout Crew, in white uniforms, are there to assist astronauts with their launch-and-entry suits and the boarding process.

As part of the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT), the crew members are strapped into their seats on Atlantis to practice the steps that will be taken on launch day. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 23, 2011

Pilot Boards Atlantis
Pilot Boards AtlantisIn the White Room at Launch Pad 39A, STS-135 Pilot Doug Hurley thanks Closeout Crew member Rene Arriens for his assistance as he prepares to board space shuttle Atlantis through the crew hatch in the background.

Members of the Closeout Crew, in white uniforms, are there to assist astronauts with their launch-and-entry suits and the boarding process. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

TCDT at the Pad
TCDT at the PadIn the White Room at Launch Pad 39A , STS-135 Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus pause for a photo before boarding space shuttle Atlantis through the crew hatch in the background.

The astronauts are at the pad to participate in a launch countdown simulation exercise. As part of the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT), the crew members are strapped into their seats on Atlantis to practice the steps that will be taken on launch day. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Pad Exit Training
Pad Exit TrainingDuring simulated pad emergency exit training on Launch Pad 39A, STS-135 Pilot Doug Hurley (front) and Commander Chris Ferguson make their way to the slidewire baskets that would take them to a safe bunker below the pad in the unlikely event of an emergency. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Basket Practice
Basket PracticeDuring simulated pad emergency exit training on Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson and Pilot Doug Hurley (right basket) and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim (left basket) position themselves in slidewire baskets that would take them to a safe bunker below the pad in the unlikely event of an emergency.

The exercise is part of the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) and related training. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Astrovan Awaits Astronauts
Astrovan Awaits AstronautsNASA’s silver Astrovan is parked below Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after delivering Atlantis’ STS-135 crew members to the pad to participate in a launch countdown simulation exercise.

The Astrovan will return the astronauts to the Operations and Checkout Building at the end of their pad training. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann June 23, 2011

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