Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Endeavour Crew Trains at KSC this Week

SLN: Up to the Minute, I'm Charles Atkeison... The seven member crew of the next space shuttle flight spent Monday at the launch pad area here at KSC practicing emergency procedures in preperation for their launch in November.

Today, the crew will hold a new conference at pad 39-A this morning, followed by training flights by the commander and pilot in the shuttle trainer aircraft (a Gulfstream II jet).

Commanding Endeavour will be Chris Ferguson. Seated next to him on the climb to orbit will be pilot Eric Boe. Mission specialists Steve Bowen, Shane Kimbrough, Don Pettit and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Sandra Magnus round out the flight crew.

On Wednesday, the crew will simulate launch day as they dress in their orange pressure suits which they will wear on launch day, climb aboard Endeavour and run through a mock countdown.

Launch remains targeted for November 14th at about 7:55 pm ET. A formal launch time will be announced by Friday of this week.

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