Shuttle Astronauts Hold Launch Pad Press Conference
The six-member crew of the next space shuttle mission spoke with media on Jan. 20 at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A in Florida. The astronauts for shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 mission are at Kennedy to participate in a full launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, and related training. The test provides an opportunity for the crew and ground teams to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency escape training. During its 13-day mission, the shuttles astronauts will deliver a third connecting module, the Tranquility node, to the International Space Station. Endeavours crew members are Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Robert Behnken, Nicholas Patrick, Kathryn Hire and Stephen Robinson. Launch is targeted for Feb. 7.For more info: www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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