[sarex] STS-118 Crew Continues Countdown Demonstration Test
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Wed Jul 18 14:51:37 PDT 2007
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*STS-118 Crew Continues Countdown Demonstration Test*
STS-118 Mission Specialist Dave Williams checks the fit of his launch
and entry suit.
Image above: STS-118 Mission Specialist Dave Williams gets help with his
boot during fit testing of his launch and entry suit. Photo credit:
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07.18.07 - 9:00 a.m. EDT*
The seven-member crew of STS-118 is at Kennedy Space Center in Florida
this week for the terminal countdown demonstration test, a final round
of prelaunch training that concludes with a simulated launch countdown
for the crew and the launch team.
Today's test activities include several briefings and an emergency
egress walk down for the flight crew at Launch Pad 39A. During this
exercise, the astronauts receive training on the slide wire basket
system that would carry them safely from the pad in an emergency.
Commander Scott Kelly and Pilot Charlie Hobaugh will continue their
practice flights aboard the shuttle training aircraft this evening.
Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at Launch Pad 39A early July 11, and the
STS-118 payload -- including the S5 truss, SPACEHAB module and external
stowage platform 3 -- is secured inside the orbiters payload bay. Launch
is targeted for the evening of Aug. 7.
+ STS-118 Mission Overview
+ STS-118 Briefing Animations
+ STS-117 Mission Archive
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