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STS-121 Crew Readies in Florida

06.16.06

STS-121 crew at launch pad. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-121 crew poses for a photo at Launch Pad 39B on the top of the fixed service structure. From left are Mission Specialists Michael Fossum and Thomas Reiter, Pilot Mark Kelly, Commander Steven Lindsey, and Mission Specialists Lisa Nowak, Stephanie Wilson and Piers Sellers. The crew members participated in a three-day series of Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities that included equipment familiarization, emergency egress training and a simulated launch countdown. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Stephanie Wilson. + Large Image
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After three-days of Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities, the crew of mission STS-121 leaves NASA's Kennedy Space Center to return to Houston. Boarding the plane at the Shuttle Landing Facility are Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Stephanie Wilson. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


Mission Specialist Lisa Nowak examines part of a payload. + Large Image
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Inside the payload changeout room on Launch Pad 39B, Mission Specialist Lisa Nowak takes a close look at part of the payload for the mission. She is dressed in a clean room suit, appropriate for the environmentally clean or "white room" condition in which the payload resides before being transferred to the shuttle's payload bay. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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Pilot Mark Kelly takes his turn driving an M-113 armored personnel carrier as part of emergency egress training. Behind him can be seen Mission Specialists Lisa Nowak and Thomas Reiter. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


Two suited STS-121 crew members practice at the launch pad. + Large Image
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Two suited STS-121 crew members follow the route to the slidewire baskets on Launch Pad 39B as part of emergency egress training. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


STS-121 crew members walk to the transport van. + Large Image
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STS-121 crew members walk to the bus that will take them to Launch Pad 39B for the simulated countdown. On the left, back to front, are Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Lisa Nowak, and Pilot Mark Kelly. On the right, back to front, are Mission Specialists Thomas Reiter of Germany, Piers Sellers and Michael Fossum, and Commander Steven Lindsey. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


The suited STS-121 crew members leave the Operations and Checkout Building and head to the launch pad. + Large Image
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The suited STS-121 crew members stride out of the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on their way to Launch Pad 39B for a simulated countdown dress rehearsal for launch. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


STS-121 Mission Specialist Lisa Nowak donning her launch and entry suit. + Large Image
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STS-121 Mission Specialist Lisa Nowak is helped with her boot after donning her launch and entry suit in preparation for the simulated countdown she and other crew members will undertake. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


STS-121 crew eat breakfast before launch rehearsal. + Large Image
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The STS-121 crew has breakfast in the Operations and Checkout Building before suiting up for the simulated countdown at the launch pad. Seated left to right are Mission Specialists Thomas Reiter of Germany and Michael Fossum, Pilot Mark Kelly, Commander Steven Lindsey, and Mission Specialists Lisa Nowak, Piers Sellers and Stephanie Wilson. Reiter represents the European Space Agency. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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At the Shuttle Landing Facility, the Shuttle Training Aircraft waits for the STS-121 pilot and commander to begin their practice flights. The aircraft is a Grumman American Aviation-built Gulf Stream II jet that was modified to simulate an orbiter's cockpit, motion and visual cues, and handling qualities. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


STS-121 Commander Steven Lindsey. + Large Image
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At the Shuttle Landing Facility, STS-121 Commander Steven Lindsey gets ready to practice landing the orbiter using the aircraft. Because the orbiter is unpowered during re-entry and landing, its high-speed glide must be perfectly executed the first time. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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During emergency egress training at the pad, STS-121 crew members Piers Sellers, Stephanie Wilson and Thomas Reiter, all mission specialists, learn how to exit the slidewire basket on the ground. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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The STS-121 crew members pose for a photo on the upper level in front of Space Shuttle Discovery's external tank. From left are Mission Specialists Piers Sellers, Thomas Reiter and Lisa Nowak, Commander Steven Lindsey, Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson, Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialist Michael Fossum. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


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The STS-121 crew pauses during their prelaunch activities to talk to the media, gathered at left. The crew met with the media in the landing area of the slidewire baskets where they conducted their emergency egress training. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


STS-121 crew arrives at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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After landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center aboard a Grumman G2 aircraft, STS-121 mission Commander Steven Lindsey pauses at a microphone to introduce the crew. Joining him are Mission Specialist Michael Fossum, Pilot Mark Kelly, and Mission Specialists Lisa Nowak (partly visible at left), Stephanie Wilson, Piers Sellers and Thomas Reiter, who represents the European Space Agency. The crew arrived at the space center to take part in a Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett



Cheryl L. Mansfield
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center

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