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STS-121 Crew Prepares for Space
 
Astronaut Mark Kelly training in the NBL + View high-resolution photo
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Astronaut Mark E. Kelly, STS-121 pilot, attired in a training version of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit, is pictured after he is submerged in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near the Johnson Space Center, Houston. Credit: NASA

STS-121 Commander Steven Lindsey trains with climbing apparatus + View high-resolution photo
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Astronaut Steven W. Lindsey, STS-121 commander, uses a climbing apparatus to lower himself from a simulated trouble-plagued Shuttle in an emergency egress training session in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the Johnson Space Center.

Astronauts Lisa M. Nowak, Michael E. Fossum and Piers J. Sellers + View high-resolution photo
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Astronauts Lisa M. Nowak (left), Michael E. Fossum and Piers J. Sellers, all STS-121 mission specialists, attired in training versions of the shuttle launch and entry suit, await the start of an emergency egress training session in the Crew Compartment Trainer at the Johnson Space Center.

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STS-121 Commander Steven W. Lindsey occupies the commander’s station during a mission training session in one of the high fidelity trainers in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at Johnson Space Center.

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European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany, attired in a training version of the shuttle launch and entry suit, simulates a parachute drop into water during an emergency bailout training session at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near the Johnson Space Center.

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Astronaut Michael E. Fossum (right), STS-121 mission specialist, participates in an Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit fit check in the Space Station Airlock Test Article in the Crew Systems Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center. Astronaut Mark E. Kelly, pilot, assisted Fossum.