STS-135 - Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew Participates In M113 Training Print
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Friday, 24 June 2011 17:40

The four-member crew of the final space shuttle flight practiced driving an M113 armored personnel carrier on June 21 during training associated with the full launch dress rehearsal known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. The training takes place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Each astronaut of shuttle Atlantisí STS-135 mission practiced driving the armored personnel carrier as part of their emergency escape procedure training. An M113 will be available to transport crew members to safety in the event of a contingency on the launch pad before liftoff. The test provides astronauts and ground crews with an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training.

During the 12-day STS-135 mission, Atlantisí astronauts will deliver to the International Space Station the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module filled with supplies, logistics and spare parts that will sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired this summer. Atlantisí launch is targeted for July 8. This will be the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

Atlantisí crew members are Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.



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