Sunday, April 25, 2010

Launch Rehearsal Complete, Crew Heads Back to Houston

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Atlantis' six STS-132 astronauts completed their Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, or TCDT, Saturday morning.

Image above: The crew of STS-132 discusses the upcoming mission with space shuttle Atlantis standing behind them. The crew, led by Commander Ken Ham, left, will carry the Russian-built Mini-Research Module-1, or MRM-1, to the International Space Station. Atlantis is targeted for launch May 14 at 2:19 p.m. EDT. Image credit: NASA TV

The astronauts headed back home in their T-38 jets to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston around 2 p.m. EDT Saturday.

STS-132 mission is targeted for launch at 2:19 p.m. on May 14 to deliver an Integrated Cargo Carrier and a Russian-built Mini Research Module to the International Space Station.

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