STS-134 - Crew Participate in Aircraft Training Print
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Thursday, 31 March 2011 21:15

Space shuttle Endeavourís STS-134 mission Commander Mark Kelly and Pilot Greg Johnson practiced shuttle landings in a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, during training related to a full launch dress rehearsal known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test on March 30 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The STA is a Grumman American Aviation-built Gulfstream II jet modified to simulate a shuttle's cockpit, motion a nd handling qualities. 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 14-day STS-134 mission, Endeavourís six astronauts will deliver to the International Space Station the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2, a particle physics detector designed to search for various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays. The crew also will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare parts that will sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired later this year. Endeavour is targeted to launch April 19 on its final scheduled flight.


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