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May 9, 2007

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

Leslie Williams
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

Space Shuttle Contingency Training Exercise

Personnel from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Kennedy Space Center and Edwards Air Force Base conducted a training exercise this past weekend that would enable them to effectively handle the rescue of a space shuttle crew in the unlikely event of a landing mishap at the base. The exercises are held periodically to train Air Force fire/rescue and medical crews in aiding the shuttle crew in exiting the shuttle after a simulated landing mishap on or near the Edwards runway, escaping from the mishap area, and after triage assessment, safely evacuating injured crew members. Although NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is the landing site of choice for space shuttle missions, Edwards AFB remains the primary alternate landing site in case weather or other situations preclude Florida as a landing option.

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TELEVISION EDITORS: Broadcast-quality B-roll video to support this release is available by contacting the NASA Dryden public affairs office at 661-276-3449, -3893 or -2665.

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