STS-134 Crew Practice Landing the Shuttle



Space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission Commander Mark Kelly and Pilot Greg Johnson practiced shuttle landings in a Shuttle Training Aircraft, or STA, during training related to a full launch dress rehearsal known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla. ‪The STA is a Grumman American Aviation-built Gulfstream II jet modified to simulate a shuttle’s cockpit, motion and handling qualities. The test provides astronauts and ground crews with an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training. ‪Endeavour is targeted to launch April 19 on its final scheduled flight.

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