STS-135 - Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew Participates in Aircraft Training Print
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Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:01

Space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission Commander Chris Ferguson and Pilot Doug Hurley practiced landings in a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, on June 20 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The practice landings took place during training related to a full launch dress rehearsal known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. The STA is a Grumman American Aviation-built Gulfstream II jet modified to simulate a shuttle's cockpit, motion and 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 12-day STS-135 mission, Atlantis’ 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. Atlantis’ launch is targeted for July 8. This will be the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

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



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