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Shuttle Launch Rehearsed by Endeavour Crew

The six-member crew of the next space shuttle mission participated in a full launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test on April 1 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The test provided an opportunity for the crew and ground teams to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization, emergency training and a simulated launch countdown. ?Endeavour is targeted to launch April 19 on its final scheduled flight. During its 14-day mission, Endeavour's astronauts will deliver to the International Space Station the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle physics detector designed to search for various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays. The crew also will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare parts that will sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired later this year. ?Endeavour's crew members are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg Johnson, and mission specialists Mike Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Drew Feustel, and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori.
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