Ready for the Real Thing

Ready for the Real Thing
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The STS-126 astronauts flew into NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 26 for their scheduled countdown rehearsal.

The seven-member crew spent three days in exercises officially known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, or T – C – D – T.

The astronauts practiced emergency evacuation at the launch pad and checked the mission payload in space shuttle Endeavour’s payload bay.

They received instruction on driving the M-113 armored personnel carrier as part of their emergency escape training.

Commander Chris Ferguson and Pilot Eric Boe practiced landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft.

The activities culminated in a launch dress rehearsal and practice countdown with the look and feel of a real launch day.

With the exercises complete, the crew members flew back to their home base at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they will continue to train.

Endeavour and crew are targeted for lift off on November 14.

From the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, I’m George Diller.

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