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Endeavour Crew Arrives For Practice Countdown

From left to right: Mission Specialists Robert S. (Shane) Kimbrough and Stephen G. Bowen, Pilot Eric A. Boe, Commander Christopher J. Ferguson, and Mission Specialists Donald R. Pettit, Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, and Sandra H. Magnus, who is also an ISS Flight Engineer. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
by Staff Writers
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Oct 27, 2008
STS-126 Commander Chris Ferguson and his crew flew to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday afternoon for three days of intense training known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, or TCDT.

During the training, the astronauts will check over the equipment they will use in space during the STS-126 mission and will practice several emergency procedures. Ferguson and Pilot Eric Boe also will take to the skies over the Shuttle Landing Facility to practice landings in NASA's Shuttle Training Aircraft.

TCDT will conclude on Wednesday with a simulated launch countdown, which will include the crew, launch controllers in Florida and mission controllers in Houston. The dress rehearsal countdown will begin Wednesday morning. The astronauts will return to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston on Wednesday afternoon.

Endeavour is targeted to launch Nov. 14 at 7:55 p.m. EST.

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Endeavour Nears Launch Pad 39A
Cape Canveral FL (SPX) Oct 24, 2008
Space shuttle Endeavour is expected to complete its rollaround this evening from Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to Launch Pad 39A on Thursday. The move began at 8:28 a.m. EDT and will leave Endeavour positioned for the last steps in processing before launch. Liftoff is targeted for Nov. 14 at 7:55 p.m. EST.







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