Sun, Sep 21, 2008
Endeavour Moves Into Position For Possible Rescue Mission
On Sunday, the Atlantis astronauts are set to fly from their
home base at Johnson Space Center in Houston to Kennedy Space
Center in Florida, where they will participate in the STS-125
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test next week. The training
activities and countdown rehearsal will run from September 22
The seven astronauts and ground crews will participate in
various simulated countdown activities, including equipment
familiarization and emergency training for the fifth and final
shuttle flight to service NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
The Hubble payload moves to the pad this weekend and will be put
into Atlantis' cargo bay on Tuesday.
In the early morning hours Friday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour successfully completed its slow
4.2-mile trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad
39B... marking the first time since July 2001 that two shuttles are
on the launch pads at the same time at KSC.
The journey took less than 8 hours, and the shuttle was securely
fastened to the pad just before sunrise.
Just a short distance away on pad 39A, technicians continue to
prepare space shuttle Atlantis for its targeted October 10 at 12:43
am EDT launch on mission STS-125 to service the Hubble Space
Telescope. Endeavour will be on standby in event that a rescue
mission for the Atlantis's crew would be necessary.
After Endeavour is cleared from its duty as a rescue vehicle,
workers will move it to pad 39A in preparation for liftoff on
mission STS-126 to the International Space Station in November.
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