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March 30, 2005

Dryden Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523
Phone 661/276-3449
FAX 661/276-3566

Alan Brown
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Phone: 661/276-2665

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Command Performance

Brig. Gen. Curtis Bedke, commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, received some first-hand insight this week on how to fly a Space Shuttle approach and landing, courtesy of NASA astronaut and STS-114 mission commander Eileen Collins. Bedke was aboard one of NASA's modified Grumman Gulfstream-II Shuttle Training Aircraft Tuesday as Collins flew a series of simulated Space Shuttle approaches to Edwards' main runway in preparation for the next Shuttle mission. The Shuttle Discovery is targeted for liftoff on mission STS-114 to the International Space Station on May 15, in a launch window that extends to June 3, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Although Kennedy is also the primary landing site for Space Shuttle missions, flight crews also practice the Shuttle's steep approach and landing at Edwards AFB in case weather or other situations preclude a landing at the Florida site and force a diversion to Edwards.

PHOTO EDITORS: A publication-quality photo to support this release is available for downloading from the Internet at: http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/Visitors/HTML/EC05-0062-1.html.


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